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Conservative cultural critic Bawer's canny appraisal of the gay rights movement calls for a more equitable place in American society for lesbians and gays.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Positing that negative stereotypes of homosexuals are the result of both right - wing propaganda and the high visibility of "radical gay activists," Bawer, a self-proclaimed spokesperson for the "silent majority of gays," attempts to absolve "mainstream gays" of responsibility by criticizing "subculture-oriented gays," including but not limited to Donna Minkowitz, Paul Monette, Edmund White, members of ACTUP, and those involved in Gay Pride parades. This heartfelt if misguided meditation cum manifesto is provocative, but the author's self-righteous generalizations and misrepresentation of the ethnic, socio economic, and geographic diversity of American lesbians and gays, as well as the lack of either an index or citations for the many sources, undermine the divisive diatribe.
- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book attacks LGBT activists of prior generations whose politics differ from the author's (and whose work created the cultural space from which he speaks). Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Buzz H.
This book from 1993 has aged remarkably well and should still be required reading for every young homosexual man. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Zoltan Carnovasch
Bawer reminds me of Gloria Upson, a character in Auntie Mame: stuffy, snobbish, uptight, obtuse, laughable. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by othoniaboys
I was so offended with this book. I agree with Bruce in regards to the conservatives and how they shape our image. Read morePublished on September 16, 2004 by Thad The Brave
I am heartened to have found a book that espouses a sensible social and political attitude towards homosexuality. Read morePublished on May 3, 2002 by Jake C Witmer
Some of the reviews have made this sound like a self-hating, Gay-bashing, everyone-back-in-the-closet rant like Kirk and Madsen's After the Ball.
It's not. Read more
I really enjoyed reading this book. This book identifies the people that are not subculture gays and there are alot out there. Read morePublished on May 22, 2001 by rusty
This book is just plain DUMB. A trained chimp could write a better book.Published on January 31, 2001