From Perverts to Fab Five: The Media's Changing Depiction of Gay Men and Lesbians

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 18, 2008 - Social Science - 232 pages
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 From "Perverts" to "Fab Five" tracks the dramatic change in how the American media have depicted gay people over the last half-century. Each chapter illuminates a particular media product that served as a milestone on the media's journey from demonizing homosexuals some fifty years ago to celebrating gay people--or at least some categories of gay people--today.

The media, Streitmatter argues, have not merely reflected the American public's shift to a more enlightened view of gay people, but they have been instrumental in propelling that change. The book spans the breadth of communication venues. Individual chapters focus on major news stories, entertainment television programs, and mainstream motion pictures that captured the public imagination while, at the same time, sending powerful messages about gay men and lesbians. Ideal for any reader interested in the changing depiction of gay men and lesbians in the media over time, or as required reading in media courses.

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About the author (2008)

Rodger Streitmatter is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.  He is author of six previous books, including Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History, Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America, and Sex Sells! The Media's Journey from Repression to Obsession.  He holds a Ph.D. in American History. 

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