The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics

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Larry P. Gross, James D. Woods
Columbia University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 665 pages
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Here at last is a comprehensive and highly approachable introduction to lesbian and gay studies for students and general readers. More than one hundred articles, essays, and primary documents cover the formation of gay identity, religious, scientific, medical, and legal perspectives, the mainstream media, lesbian and gay media, and community prospects and tactics. From Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's essay, "How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay," to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons," to a 1947 "Newsweek" article, "Homosexuals in Uniform," "The Columbia Reader" explores experiences and representations of lesbian and gay people in an engaging and accessible format.

The "Columbia Reader" features:

- concise introductions to each section, as well as a substantial general introduction

- viewpoints--ranging from radical to conservative--of lesbian and gay scholars and community writers, as well as nongay intellectuals and public figures

- essays, articles, and primary documents from both mainstream and lesbian/gay sources

- detailed exploration of mainstream media representations of gays and lesbians in films, television, and print as well as the rise of lesbian/gay media outlets

- broad coverage of history and identity, social, cultural, legal, medical, and religious regulation, AIDS, and lesbian and gay political agendas and strategies

- current topics, such as the recent development of a cybercommunity, as well as questions of censorship and pornography, same-sex marriage, the ethics of "outing," gay and lesbian activism, and the conservative backlash

Grounded in key social and political topics rather than wholly theoretical approaches, "The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics" will be a valuable resource for years to come.

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About the author (1999)

Larry Gross is Sol Worth Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing," editor of "Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photographs, Film, and Television" and "On the Margins of Art Worlds," and coeditor (with the late James Woods) of "The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics.

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