Dialogues of the Sexual Revolution: Homosexuality and sexuality

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Haworth Press, 1990 - Social Science - 251 pages
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The interviews and conversations of Homosexuality and Sexuality: Dialogues of the Sexual Revolution survey a broad cross-section of the academic and scholarly opinions that have shaped contemporary thinking about homosexuality and sexuality. They also document some of the important changes that have taken place in the study of homosexuality and sexuality in our time.

Author Lawrence D. Mass, the first physician to write for the gay press on a regular basis and the first writer to cover the AIDS epidemic in any press, has compiled an enlightening and challenging volume. Homosexuality and Sexuality includes the only currently available published interviews with such prominent psychiatrists, psychologists, sex researchers, educators, AIDS experts, and historians as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, John Money, Thomas Szasz, Mary Calderone, John McNeill, Donald Kritzman, Arnie Kantrowitz, and Martin Bauml Duberman.

This readable book enables readers to go back in time and directly experience the controversies that surrounded the publication of such landmark, representative, or notorious studies as Masters and Johnson's Homosexuality in Perspective, Judd Marmor's Homosexual Behaviors, Charles Socarides's Homosexuality, the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association, John Money's Love and Love Sickness, Thomas Szasz's Sex By Prescription, or Richard Green's The “Sissy Boy Syndrome.”

This landmark volume features groundbreaking discussions on some of the most critical, hotly debated topics in the fields of homosexuality and sexuality.
  • Psychiatry Versus Sex Research--Six chapters that focus on the shift in the credibility of opinion about human sexual behavior, from psychiatry to sex research, that peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Experts discuss homophobia, pseudoscience, pair bonding, paraphilia, sadomasochism, transvestism, and transsexualism.
  • Gay Fantasies, Male Realities, and Bonding--Several chapters explore how sexual identity is manifest in various forms of pair and group bonding--how gay men relate to one another, in couples and collectively, as lovers, Catholics, Jews, and as circumcised and uncircumcised males.
  • Interviews From the First Two Years of the AIDS Epidemic--Chapters include the first published interviews with leading AIDS researchers and observers and with a person with AIDS.
  • Gay Youth, Gay History--Among the topics discussed are the homosexual emancipation movement in Germany, the Nazi persecutions of homosexuality, the uses of Nazi imagery in s-m pornography and public display, and the future of the gay liberation movement.

    Homosexuality and Sexuality is a major new volume that will be widely read in the gay community--by academicians, scholars, and historians of the gay liberation movement, the AIDS epidemic, and the sexual revolutions of our time. The volume will also be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, sex researchers, historians, or anyone who treats, counsels, studies, or simply wishes to know more about gay men and lesbians and their experiences.

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