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Queer Wars: The New Gay Right and Its Critics

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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 the trenchant critics who espouse its positions. 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.

Synopsis:

 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. With Queer Wars, celebrated historian of gay culture Paul Robinson offers the first extended consideration of gay conservatism and the trenchant critics who espouse its positions, including Bruce Bawer, Andrew Sullivan, Michelangelo Signorile, and Gabriel Rotello. 

The emergence of a conservative intellectual tradition is arguably the most remarkable development in the gay world over the past decade. Timely and rich in suggestive propositions, Queer Wars will prove to be essential reading for anyone interested in gay culture and contemporary politics.

“This lucid analysis of conservative gay politics equally illuminates the positions of its left and liberal critics. Queer Wars is a most useful introduction to debates about the politics of sexuality in America today.”—Jonathan Ned Katz, author of Love Stories

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Bruce Bawer and His Friends

2 Andrew Sullivan and His Enemies

3 Michelangelo Signorile and Gabriel Rotello: Sexual Conservatives

Epilogue: Queer as Folk

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226721866
Author:
Robinson, Paul A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Robinson, Paul
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Gay conservatives
Subject:
Gay conservatives - United States
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

Related Subjects

Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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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. With Queer Wars, celebrated historian of gay culture Paul Robinson offers the first extended consideration of gay conservatism and the trenchant critics who espouse its positions, including Bruce Bawer, Andrew Sullivan, Michelangelo Signorile, and Gabriel Rotello. 

The emergence of a conservative intellectual tradition is arguably the most remarkable development in the gay world over the past decade. Timely and rich in suggestive propositions, Queer Wars will prove to be essential reading for anyone interested in gay culture and contemporary politics.

“This lucid analysis of conservative gay politics equally illuminates the positions of its left and liberal critics. Queer Wars is a most useful introduction to debates about the politics of sexuality in America today.”—Jonathan Ned Katz, author of Love Stories

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