Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

American Homo: Community and Perversity

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

American Homo: Community and Perversity

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American Homo: Community and Perversity Jeffrey Escoffier

University of California Press, 1998

Written by a longtime homosexual activist, this is in interesting insight into the contemporary world of male-homosexual and lesbian America. The author traces the growth of homosexual activist movement from a socially-despised urban sub-community into a vociferous and powerful political movement embracing members of many different races. Indeed, it is the inter-racial link between "queers" (to cite the author) of different racial origin that provides a considerable amount of momentum to the "homoerotic political movement." As the author explains, this was largely the result of deliberate policy, and when he was working with OUT/LOOK magazine the editors devised a set of guidelines to guarantee adequate representation to homosexuals "of color."

The book commences with a discussion of what it calls the "sexual revolution" and "cultural politics," documenting the rise of the activist homosexual movement.

Much of the spread of homosexuality is attributed to a deeper change sin the structure of society, and particularly to "the decline of the bourgeois father. …

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