The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Social Science - 227 pages
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Michael Warner, one of our most brilliant social critics, argues that gay marriage and other moves toward normalcy are bad not just for the gays but for everyone. In place of sexual status quo, Warner offers a vision of true sexual autonomy that will forever change the way we think about sex, shame, and identity.

 

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Accessibly written and interesting, but has a number of flawed premises which lead to wrong conclusions. Warner's essential argument is that we should resist the "normalization" of queer folks -- in ... Read full review

THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL: Sex, Politics and the Ethics of Queer Life

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Warner (English/Rutgers Univ.) challenges the current stodginess of queer activism—focused as it is on the gay community's hope to be considered "normal"—through his incisive critique of the ... Read full review

Contents

The Ethics of Sexual Shame
1
Whats Wrong with Normal?
41
Beyond Gay Marriage
81
Zoning Out Sex
149
The Politics of Shame and HIV Prevention
195
Notes
219
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Michael Warner is Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He is the editor of American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King and Fear of a Queer Planet. He also writes for The Nation, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and other periodicals.

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