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Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A MORMON EXAMPLE Paperback – June 20, 2001
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Quinn's elegant book is a model of critical religious history. -- Publishers Weekly
Sterling scholarship, balanced interpretation, insightful analysis. . . . One of the most important studies to date on the topic of American sexuality. -- Anne M. Butler, Journal of American History
Thoroughly researched, comparative in approach, and subtly argued. . . . A valuable contribution to gay, lesbian, and gender studies. -- Richard D. Oueletter, Religious Studies Review
Top Customer Reviews
Oh, what a kind and non-judgemental world it would be if people would love each other unconditionally, and actually put into practice, not just in word but in deed, their religious beliefs concerning tolerance, love and understanding of each other. Until that time, we all need to accept each other for who we are and bridge the gulf of misunderstanding that often leads to intolerance and hate.
Although published in the 1996, Quinn's book is highly germane today, as the topic of "same sex" relationships continues in heated discussions throughout the country. Mormons strongly reject those who do not fit its stereotypical "man, woman and six kids" view of marriage and sexual relations. It's strong financial support for California's punitive Proposition 8 barring same-sex marriage is another manifestation of its hostility to those "unnatural" men and women who wish to marry a person of their choice. As Quinn painstakingly shows, such intolerance was not always so in Utah or the Mormon Church. Church authorities born prior to the turn of the 20th Century had much more "liberal" attitudes toward same-sex relationships. Anti-gay Mormonism did not take hold until the 1950s.
Quinn does exhaustive research on any topic he pursues. The footnotes after each chapter are overwhelming. A reader could take days just reading through them, let alone reading the sources upon which they are based. As a consequence, there is plenty of evidence to support the proposition that homophobia has no deep roots in Mormonism and that it does not have to be such a big part of its agenda today. However, don't expect any significant changes in Mormon attitudes until Packer and his ilk are gone.
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This book lacks any semblance of the real historical context in which the events took place in. While checking some of the references, I noticed that the author has... Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Moose W.
The book is well researched and the writing for once isn't tedious, (good job Dr. Quinn). However, Quinn really strains it at times to prove his ideas. Read morePublished on May 25, 2000 by L. Troy Beals
Quinn takes parsing to a new level--an obvious malcontent. Anyone who could believe that Mormons have some secret "homoerotic" history needs serious therapy. Read morePublished on April 1, 1998