Queer By Choice: Lesbians, Gay Men, and The Politics of Identity (Google eBook)

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Routledge, Dec 6, 2012 - Social Science - 168 pages
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Queer by Choice enters the controversial debate of sexual identity by examining choice in gay men and lesbian sexual identity. Drawing on interviews with a sample of 72 people, Whisman analyzes if, and to what extent, choice played a role in determining identity. Contributing factors such as race, class, religion, and educational level are considered. The results of the study are stimulating and often surprising, and contribute to the escalating debates over sexual identity as lesbians and gays continue to soldier for rights and representation.
  

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Contents

one Dear Abby The Gay Agenda and the New York Times
1
two The Pleasures and Dangers of Choice
11
three Stories of Choice
37
Determined Chosen and Mixed
69
Gendered Identity Accounts
107
six Conclusion
119
Appendix
127
Bibliography
139
Index
147
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