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Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences


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ISBN13: 9781595584809
ISBN10: 1595584803
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Although acceptance of difference is on the rise in America, its the rare gay or lesbian person who has not been demeaned because of his or her sexual orientation, and this experience usually starts at home, among family members.

Whether they are excluded from family love and approval, expected to accept second-class status for life, ignored by mainstream arts and entertainment, or abandoned when intervention would make all the difference, gay people are routinely subjected to forms of psychological and physical abuse unknown to many straight Americans.

“Familial homophobia,” as prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman calls it, is a phenomenon that until now has not had a name but that is very much a part of life for the LGBT community. In the same way that Susan Brownmillers Against Our Will transformed our understanding of rape by moving the stigma from the victim to the perpetrator, Schulmans Ties That Bind calls on us to recognize familial homophobia. She invites us to understand it not as a personal problem but a widespread cultural crisis. She challenges us to take up our responsibilities to intervene without violating families, community, and the state. With devastating examples, Schulman clarifies how abusive treatment of homosexuals at home enables abusive treatment of homosexuals in other relationships as well as in society at large.

Ambitious, original, and deeply important, Schulmans book draws on her own experiences, her research, and her activism to probe this complex issue—still very much with us at the start of the twenty-first century—and to articulate a vision for a more accepting world.

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Schulman (English, City U. of New York, College of Staten Island), a playwright, novelist, activist, and social critic, considers the nature and consequences of familial homophobia, how homophobia originates with the family, and how this enables it in other relationships and society in general. She identifies how and why familial homophobia operates, how it manifests, how therapy is unsuccessful in addressing it, and how it can be changed, in addition to discussing gay marriage. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Sarah Schulman is the author of nine novels, four nonfiction books, and numerous plays. A recipient of a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Schulman is a professor of English at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.

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larrybob, November 25, 2009 (view all comments by larrybob)
This is one of those paradigm shift books that can change your whole way of thinking. Sarah Schulman gets to the bottom of homophobia and figures out that it's not actually about fear - it's actually a pleasure system that rewards bigots. It's up to society to stigmatize homophobes in the same way that practitioners of domestic violence and rapists were stigmatized.

The family is the initial site of mistreatment of queers, but where does that mistreatment extend and what are its effects on a society that throws away the contributions of its members based on prejudice?

What is the role of therapists in resolving family conflicts? Are they frightened of rocking the boat and confronting the victimizers?

Clearly and succinctly written and cogently argued, this book is essential reading for those concerned with addressing social inequity.
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Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences
The New Press
Schulman, Sarah
Gay Studies
Lesbian Studies
Discrimination & Racism
Family & Relationships : General
Gay and Lesbian-General
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Trade Cloth
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7.5 x 5.25 in 10.5 oz

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Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » General
Gay and Lesbian » Health and Self-Help » Coming Out and Families
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Gay Studies
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General

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