Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226034010
ISBN-10: 0226034011
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As the nation discusses the "marriage penalty" and domestic partner benefits, Badgett (economics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) takes a close look at the economic lives of lesbians and gay men. She opens by debunking the myths of high incomes, conspicuous consumerism, double income no kids (DINK), and the protection of the closet. She points out the flaws in marketing surveys that have perpetuated these myths and cites other data, showing that in many instances gays and lesbians do have children and have lower incomes than their heterosexual counterparts. Badgett also discusses employee benefits and workplace discrimination. She closes with some recommendations on how to change public policy to bring about economic equity for gays and lesbians. This book addresses issues also addressed in Homo Economics (LJ 2/15/97), in which a couple of Badgett's essays appear. A well-researched and timely book; recommended for all academic libraries. Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The common stereotype that lesbians and gay men are more affluent than heterosexuals is only one of many misconceptions that M. V. Lee Badgett debunks in this comprehensive work. Studying the ends and means of gay life from an economic perspective, she paints a more accurate picture than ever before of gay and lesbian standards of living, financial and family decisions, and professional lives, analyzing along the way the crucial issues that affect the livelihood of gay men and lesbians: workplace discrimination, denial of health care benefits to partners and children, the corporate wooing of gay consumer dollars, and the use of gay economic clout to inspire social and political change.

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Product Details

  • Series: Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226034011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226034010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. V. Lee Badgett is an economist and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA. In 2008, Curve Magazine named her one of the twenty most powerful lesbians in academia. Prof. Badgett's policy-related work includes testifying as an expert witness in legislative matters and litigation, analyzing public policies, consulting with regulatory bodies, briefing policymakers, writing op-ed pieces, speaking with journalists, and advising businesses.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By an Italian in New York on October 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As of the day of this review, Money Myths and Change is the main book bringing together economics and sexual orientation in a scientific manner.

It is geared to a vast readership. Occasionally you might encounter tecnical words such as "regression", but the the arguments in the book are accessible to all.
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