Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility

Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility

Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility

Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility

Synopsis

Culture Clash explores the dynamics of gay liberation and homophobia, of change and backlash, and reveals the radicalism of the challenge that gay men and lesbians, as cultural adventurers, have offered to American society.

Excerpt

Hollywood manufactures icons to excite the adoration of the American public, and gay men have been particularly enthralled by the glamour and the thrill of stars, especially women stars. Before gentrification, disco, and the 70s looks of hyper-masculinity and high-tech elegance, eight-by-ten signed glossies of movie stars were standard bar decor.

Screen images, perhaps more than any other medium, have shaped popular consciousness in the U.S. Gay men in American culture occupy a peculiar position in relation to this consciousness. the popular view of homosexuality is that it is a flight from something. Psychoanalysts have insisted that (for men) it is a flight, variously, from women, from masculinity, from the "responsibilities" of heterosexuality, (i.e., wife, children, and a house in the suburbs) from male competition, or from the "self": a futile attempt to find the "self" in another man. and while these theories of the etiology of male homosexual behavior are both psychological . . .

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