Straight Women, Gay Men: Absolutely Fabulous Friendships

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Council Oak Books, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 260 pages
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What makes the friendship between straight women and gay men so special? And why can these friends of the opposite sex communicate so effortlessly? Combining true-life stories, psychological insight and lively commentary, Straight Women, Gay Men blasts stereotypes and celebrates these unique and wonderful friendships of grace, laughter, and above all, style!
 

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Contents

7 Flirting With Each Other
150
The Attraction Factor
151
The Generosity Quotient
159
Honey Drape
163
A Very Rich Stew
167
8 Testing the Limits of Love
172
Seeing the Dark Side
180
Projections Place
189

Speaking Freely
58
Ten Great Lies
68
3 Coining Out as the Moment of Truth
74
Begin at the Beginning
75
Let Me Tell You Something
81
No Let Me Tell You Something
88
Bridges to the Past
93
The Big Secret
99
4 Playing the FieldTogether
102
Picking Up Signals
106
For What Its Worth
110
Dishing the Dirt and Other Pastimes
116
Meet Mr Right
120
5 Romancing Each Other
124
Getting Sentimental
127
Emotional Bravery
129
6 Keeping Secrets From One Another
135
The Forbidden Topic
136
Unveiling the Mystery
145
9 Dealing with Peoples Reactions
196
Family Dynamics
198
The Jealous Boyfriend
203
Here Comes Homophobia
207
Fag Hags and Other Stereotypes
215
The Charming Epithet
217
The Power of Insult
222
Telling It Like It Is
230
11 Being There for Each Other
234
Facing AIDS Together
236
Dealing With Other Life Crises Together
242
12 Understanding Each Other
245
The Gift of Acceptance
250
A Larger Vision
252
Notes
255
About the Authors
256
About the Press
257
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Page 38 - We know we are generalizing and there are scads of exceptions, but what we have heard about these friendships and know from our own experience is that the (now somewhat politically incorrect) identification of homosexuality with femininity may not necessarily be a gross error.

About the author (2001)

Robert H. Hopcke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the bestselling author of There are No Accidents. He lives in Berkeley, California. Laura Rafaty is a Tony-nominated theatrical producer, corporate executive and attorney. She divides her time between Manhattan and San Francisco.

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