The New Gay Teenager (Google eBook)
Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager's mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.
"The New Gay Teenager" gives us a refreshing and frequently controversial introduction to confident, competent, upbeat teenagers with same-sex desires, who worry more about the chemistry test or their curfew than they do about their sexuality. What does "gay" mean, when some adolescents who have had sexual encounters with those of their own sex don't consider themselves gay, when some who consider themselves gay have had sex with the opposite sex, and when many have never had sex at all? What counts as "having sex," anyway? Teenagers (unlike social science researchers) are not especially interested in neatly categorizing their sexual orientation.
In fact, Savin-Williams learns, teenagers may think a lot about sex, but they don't think that sexuality is the most important thing about them. And adults, he advises, shouldn't think so either.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives)User Review - Emily Burke - Goodreads
This book was depressing. The entire premise is that gay teens no longer feel passionately about political issues, specifically ones that effect the LGBT community. I know this isn't true, thank god ... Read full review
Review: The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives)User Review - Elisa - Goodreads
Had to read this for class and I wish there was a better book. I have to agree that this books has some odd theories, like that there is no LGBT teen anymore, that they are no longer marginalized - which is a lie. And LGBT youth are no longer activists, which I also don't think is true. Read full review
2 Whos Gay?
3 In the Beginning Was Gay Youth
4 Models or Trajectories?
5 Feeling Different
6 SameSex Attractions
7 First Sex