Queer Wars: The New Gay Right and Its Critics

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University of Chicago Press, 2005 - History - 170 pages
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From the 1969 rebellion at Stonewall to recent battles over same-sex marriage, Gay Liberation in the United States has always been closely associated with the political left. But in recent years, Gay Liberation has taken a dramatic turn toward the right. And gaycons, as they were once archly referred to in the Nation, have taken politics and the media by storm. New Republic columnist Andrew Sullivan, for instance, is one of the most popular bloggers on the Internet. Writer Bruce Bawer, meanwhile, is celebrated for his incisive criticism of gay culture and its connections with camp and diva worship.

Queer Wars limns this new gay right, offering the first extended consideration of gay conservatism and its more trenchant critics. Here celebrated historian of gay culture Paul Robinson draws particular attention to three features of this new political movement. First, he explores how gay conservatives have rejected the idea that commitment to gay freedom should involve equal dedication to the causes of other marginalized people, be they racial minorities, women, or the poor. Second, Robinson demonstrates why gay conservatives embrace more traditional gender ideals—why they are hostile to effeminacy among men and mannishness among women. Finally, exploring the support for sexual restraint among gay conservatives, Robinson dissects their condemnation of promiscuity and their assault on behavior they deem dissolute.

Timely and rich in suggestive propositions, Queer Wars will prove to be essential reading for anyone interested in gay culture and contemporary politics.

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Decent overview of the homosexual right. I was expecting a lot more on the Log Cabin Republicans. It reads more like a blog (assuming the formula for good blog writing is dissertation plus personal reflection) in places than a book. A lot more could have definitely been done with the topic. Read full review

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After the Reagan revolution, gay conservatives felt secure enough to push their own agenda within the Republican Party, and a movement was born. Robinson (humanities, Stanford Univ.) attempts to ... Read full review

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Page 13 - Parton wanna-bes, leather-men in boots and whips, ombudsmen of pederasty squiring their ombudsboys — all ridiculous, deranged, or criminal. And when we are finally allowed to rally and march, to lay our case before the cameras of the straight American public, what do we do? We call out of the woodwork as our ambassadors of bad will all the screamers, stompers, gender-benders, sadomasochists, and pederasts, and confirm America's worst fears and hates.

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Paul Robinson is the Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He is the author of a number of books, including Opera, Sex, and Other Vital Matters and Gay Lives: Homosexual Autobiography from John Addington Symonds to Paul Monette, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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