Modern Homosexualities: Fragments of Lesbian and Gay Experiences

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Kenneth Plummer
Psychology Press, 1992 - Social Science - 281 pages
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Homosexuality is not what it used to be. When the modern lesbian and gay movements erupted on the world-wide cultural and political stage during the early 1970s few could have seen the enormous ramifications. For although homosexuality still has its critics and its enemies, the modern lesbian and gay community has proliferated into distinctive ways of living together, of relating sexually, of responding to AIDS, of establishing identities and communities, of being political. Modern Homosexualities documents some of this rich and developing experience. It presents fragments of an experience that has become remarkably diverse. In 19 original essays from activists and social scientists in eight countries, this diversity is charted. It is a collection which draws together essays on a wide range of experience. A major section examines the development and recognition of new patterns of families of choice such as the Danish experiment on Registered Partnerships, the Australian immigration definition of lesbian and gay couples, the debate over lesbian motherhood, and the issue of mixed marriages where one partner is gay.
 

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Contents

gay and lesbian world making
1
MASCULINITY FEMININITY
39
Constructing communities and identities
51
LESBIAN IDENTITIES
65
THE ROLE OF DISCLOSURE IN COMING
75
pretending
85
DARING TO PRETEND?
98
SAMESEX
121
IMPACTS
175
CONSTRUCTING LESBIAN SEXUALITIES
187
RESISTING THE ERASURE OF LESBIAN
200
radicalism rights and citizenship
215
DANGEROUS ACTIVISM?
227
STRATEGIES
237
A brief guide to further reading
249
Bibliography
255

models of love support
149
LESBIAN POLITICS AND AIDS WORK
160

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Plummer has an international reputation as a distinguished scholar of social interaction and human sexuality. He is professor of sociology at the University of Essex in England.

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