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Sissyphobia: Gay Men and Effeminate Behavior 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1560239895
ISBN-10: 1560239891
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Tim Bergling is a television news producer who lives and works in Washington D.C. He also served as a US Marine from 1982-1990. His writings have been published in Genre, Out, Instinct, Joey and Hero magazines, as well as a contribution to the military anthology A Night in the Barracks. He is currently working on his second book Reeling in the Years: Gay Men's Perspectives on Age and Ageing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Harrington Park Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560239891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560239895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,718,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David R. Gillespie on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have long been fascinated with the way in which gay men "buy into" straight thinking; to wit, that anything less than "masculine" is not to be desired. I mean, how many personal ads do you see where the guy is looking for a "fem" guy? Bergling has taken the whole discussion of preconceived gender roles and given it a personal face with the reporting of what real people think. I found the book very helpful in that regard and can only hope it stirs the thinking of those who think that anything "fem" is to be avoided at best and derided at worst. Read this book!
The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I wanted more; it ended too soon.
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By A Customer on January 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
this book may be a little on the short side but it is nicely written and above all you can identify with it, whether you are staight, gay, or bi. there is a little hidden wisdom in it for everybody if you just look hard enough with an open enough mind. i myself am not the most ruffneck, gymboi, denim and leather kinda guy, but the book opened my eyes to a harsh truth about the gay world. and i am not going to disclose that truth here cause then what would the point be of reading the book yourself. it portrays all the stereotypes of gay men with harsh honesty about "straight-acting" and "femmie boi" traits, with surprising compassion to both side of the spectrum.
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Exploration of the topic of fear and loathing of non-normative gender expression is greatly needed, and Tom Bergling's intriguingly titled "Sissyphobia" begins that discussion. (It was never clear to me what Joe Phillips's contribution was to the book's authorship, and as the book is written in first person, I can only assume it is Bergling speaking.) Halfway through reading this book, though, I checked the book jacket seeking this man's background. That explained the writing style for me.

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.
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