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Life Outside - The Signorile Report on Gay Men: Sex, Drugs, Muscles, and the Passages of Life Paperback – May 6, 1998
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Michelangelo Signorile was an outspoken advocate of gay culture whose brush with mortality after engaging in risky sex changed his outlook on life. In Life Outside, Signorile, a columnist for Out magazine, explores the changing lifestyles and mores of gay men through interviewing and surveying hundreds of gays--in the cities, in the country, and everywhere in between. In addition, he provides a fascinating history of gay culture, from the closeted '50s, when most homosexuals found sexual release by "servicing" straight men, through the '70s and '80s, when physical beauty and promiscuity became the hallmarks of gay life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
A columnist for Out magazine, Signorile (Queer in America, LJ 6/1/93) here urges gay men to shun what he calls the "cult of masculinity" that has been embraced by many gay men, particularly in the largest urban areas. In the first section?the best part of the book?Signorile describes the cult, traces its origins from shortly after Stonewall, describes the "circuit parties" firsthand, and documents the rampant use of steroids and other drugs among cultists. In Part 2, he posits recent trends toward the "deghettoization" and "deurbanization" of homosexuality, a move toward "postmodern monogamy," and a breakdown in the stereotype of the lonely old queen. Unfortunately, Signorile offers little reliable evidence for these trends and relies instead on data from an informal, unscientifically selected sample of several hundred men who are quoted or paraphrased at length. Also, many chapters read like expanded columns, good in themselves but not woven into an entirely cohesive argument. Overall, this is a good, readable book that could and should have been better. Recommended for larger collections.?Robert W. Melton, Univ. of Kansas Libs., Lawrence
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What he completely misses, in my opinion, is the even greater oppressions of suburban, small city, and rural gay life. These include the limited intellectual and cultural outlets, the lack of sexual freedom and opportunity, the lack of eligible sexual and dating partners, the lack of support systems for gay people, the prevalent loneliness, depression, and drug abuse, and the claustrophobic oppression of the 50s-like Leave it to Beaver lifestyle that has since become the hallmark of the gay marriage movement. In the 15 years since, many of the urban ghettos he criticized have in fact squeezed out all but the very rich, including most of the gay residents, lost their diversity of people and lifestyle choices, and taken on many of these suburban oppressive and regressive attributes. The internet is a sorry replacement for the sense of community that has been lost, and the young man of average means looking for a gay community has less options now than 15 years ago. The lesson may just be: Be careful what you wish for.
By the way, looking at his more recent pictures on the internet, is it my imagination or has the author gone over to the dark side? That looks like a suspiciously "assisted" Chelsea body for someone so adamantly against anabolic use as he is in this book.