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Sissyphobia: Gay Men and Effeminate Behavior 1st Edition
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The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I wanted more; it ended too soon.
Bergling's experience is in news broadcasting, and that is how this book reads: "So, John Doe, what is your view of this topic...?" summarizes the writing style of "Sissyphobia." Unfortunately the result is a jumble of opinions and views of dozens of gay men, rather than an serious, objective understanding of the issues involved. A few dozen other gay men would surely offer other opinions on the same topics, so the reader is left with Bergling's choices of opinions presented.
Bergling is careful to present differing, often times exceedingly prejudicial viewpoints, and he does not shy from controversy, however, the pattern, and patter, became tiring for me, and surely of limited insight. Any reader is likely to know that these prejudices exist. This reader sought insight into why they do...so did Bergling, as he asks the question many times. The author presents even lunatic fringe opinion, but he leaves the reader to figure out why the fray, and surely he offers no suggestions to address this phobia in our society. (May I suggest, to those who seek answers, far, far better address of these issues is explored in "Stigma and Sexual Orientation: Understanding Prejudice against Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals [Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian & Gay Issues]" by Gregory M. Herek.Read more ›
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This is a truly important book. There have been mixed reviews for it so far, but I believe those who think it's not worth being written are clearly not reading it with an open... Read morePublished on May 29, 2005 by C Garcia
The topic of this book wasn't one that I ever thought needed to be addressed so thoroughly. It's pretty basic, isn't it? Societally...culturally... Read morePublished on November 20, 2001