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

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

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 banalities and dangers of such normalcy. Criticizing the way some identities are deemed normal while others are not ( la Foucault), Warner delineates with lapidary skill the problems of the cultural ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

this book changed the way i view so many things- from the institution of marriage, to the politics of sexual shame, to the direction of the gay rights movement. it blew my mind. i would say it's a must read (especially) for queer people. Read full review

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

User Review  - Toby Wiggins - Goodreads

Good introductory text to key ideas around how queerness challenges the normalizing push of lgbt movements (through sexual shame, marriage, and the policing of public sex). Unfortunate lack of intersectional analysis, and definitely overly cis gay male and american focused. Read full review

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

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

Before reading this book, I was 100% behind the push for equal marriage and saw it as a genuine change in the direction of equality. Michael Warner has completely changed that stance. While its ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Chase - Goodreads

Michael Warner's fiery account of the halting gay & lesbian movement is beyond pleasurable. Sexual shame in the United States is a spitfire cause as is the effectiveness of normativity not only in the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Even though its almost 15 years old, and even though some of the specific issues he raises are mute (DOMA, don't ask don't tell, anti-sodomy laws, all thankfully consigned to the rubbish heap of ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

Thought the book is now several years old, Dr. Warner's comments on gay politics are still relevant, particularly his keen analysis of marriage equality. This is essential reading for anybody interested in lgbtq history or queer theory. Read full review

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

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

(1.5 stars) The main arguments of this book (in my own words because I do not enjoy Warner's): - Humanization should be achievable without assimilation. In an effort to gain the approval of people ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Noah - Goodreads

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

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

User Review  - 6655321 - Goodreads

if i read this book wayyy back in the day, i'd be more satisfied because (honestly) a lot of the text is seriously dated and the relationship the book takes to gay marriage reflects a period in which ... Read full review

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