- Series: Gender, Theology and Spirituality
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844658945
- ISBN-13: 978-1844658947
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baby, You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall (Gender, Theology and Spirituality) 1st Edition
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"Baby, You Are My Religion is written with passion and seeks to add a more spiritual dimension to the genre of cultural histories written about the place of lesbians in the gay bar scene. The accessible prose, supplemented with a sizable list of theoretical and theological definitions, in addition to the entertaining and provocative interviews, makes for an undemanding, yet fun, read." ―Marcie Bianco, Lambda Literary Review
"Cartier’s book offers new wisdom and rejuvenation to those activist religious scholars searching for a religious history of LGBTQ inclusion only to find that one does not exist." ―John Erickson, Claremont Journal of Religion
"This book provides a good slice of history, social interactions and limitations that were placed on gay women as they tried to live with their sexual identities. It is a good introductory book with an interesting overview of gay women’s lives and the gay bar scene... This book is a rich addition to the gay women’s literature as well as theological discourse." ―Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion, USA
"In this history of LGBT oppression in America from the 1940s to the 1980s, Marie Cartier does much more than remind us that before the 1969 Stonewall riots, the gay bar was the only social space that allowed lesbians to be themselves. She makes a compelling case that it was also a space where theology was done." - Therese Bjoernaas, Journal of Religion and Theology
"impressively multi-faceted meditation on lesbian bar culture."
"Cartier honors the women whose lives she records and makes a valuable contribution to the study of American religion."
"teases out how butch-femme bar culture generated a spirituality based in relational self-definition."
"Given the complexity of the task Cartier undertook, her accomplishment is substantive."
"Cartier's book merits attention from historians of LGBT America and theorists of religion, for the richness of its primary material and the probing questions it poses about the functions and forms of religion."
The Journal of American Culture - Jennifer Rycenga
About the Author
Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian who has been active in many movements for social change. She teaches in Film and Media at UC Irvine and Gender and Women’s Studies at California State University Northridge.
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I had never before heard bars compared to a church or religion. I admit to being quite skeptical of her theories when I first heard them but when she quite skillfully compared the Lesbian Bars of the 50's to the local pubs of Ireland saying each were a sacred space for its community (often the "only place" where things happened) I was convinced. I really appreciated her discussions about the unique difficulty for LGBT people being labeled "sinners" first and formost. There are many books on Gays and religion but I have never read anything like this before.
Marie Cartier’s book will not only stand the test of time but also, as I predict, start showing up on the bibliographies of upcoming and future students interested in sexuality, gender, religion, and theology. Cartier’s book offers new wisdom and rejuvenation to those activist religious scholars searching for a religious history of LGBTQ inclusion to only find that one does not exist. Marie Cartier’s epigraph, from her one woman show Ballistic Femme, signifies the various ways in which gay and lesbian individuals find religion; while some find it in church and others in a bar, it is often found within the object one falls in love with, regardless of their sex: “I’ve had butch women say to me, ‘Baby, you are my church. You are my…religion.’” Cartier shows that the sacred space we are often looking for is not only where we are located but also who we are there with that allows us to experience the divine. While the proverbial “last call” in Cartier’s final chapter rings true, her book, Baby, You Are My Religion, inspires her readers to have another symbolic drink of the knowledge she has presented and come back often to revisit the stories of the unknown women who help to shape out modern day LGBTQ movement.
It's an important book, a biblical-type testament that records part of the rebirth and reshaping of very old ideas.
This is also history, and important history. We can all learn from it. Cartier's book is an important document that is a must read and a must to use in gay studies. I highly recommend this book to everyone, academic or otherwise. It is insightful and educational, but most of all it is important to understand the world was dark back then and how the gay bar was an important physical location for them.