By Ralph R. Smith
Issues equivalent to lesbians and homosexual males serving overtly within the army, same-sex marriage and the inclusion of sexual orientation in anti-discrimination and hate crime legislation have developed in addition to the rival progay and anitgay groups. due to public coverage debates, the U. S. progay flow has moved towards an essentialist, non-sexual identification whereas traditionalists have shifted towards a mundane public self-representation. This ebook analyzes the inner disagreements in the hobbies.
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Extra resources for Progay/Antigay: The Rhetorical War Over Sexuality
68, 163). The gay liberation movement lasted for only a few years during the 1970s. Liberationist organizations ceased to exist shortly after their founding, torn apart by internal discord and failure to continue to attract member support (Marcus, 1993, p. 257). The impetus behind gay liberation also weakened with the general decline of New Left movements in the late 1970s. As a result, reformist groups were left to occupy the field (Adam, 1987, p. 82). Leaders of the gay civil rights movement from the late 1970s to the present time, however, did not share the self-doubt and deference of the earlier homophile effort.
The radicalism of the early Mattachine Society, however, was inconsistent with the perceived realities of postwar gay life. In comparison to other minorities, the distinctive nature of gay culture was not obvious to most gay men and women. Moreover, given the increasing aggressiveness of conservative attacks on sexual "perverts," an appropriate strategy for even those few homosexuals who would participate in the homophile movement seemed to be to emphasize similarity rather than difference (D'Emilio, 1983, p.
World War II, as historian Martin Duberman (1993) demonstrates, reinvigorated gay life: "Many men and women who had grown up in rural areas or small towns and had regarded themselves as singular freaks, discovered in military service legions of others who shared their sexual orientation" (p. 76). These individuals frequently decided to resettle in large cities, thereby initiating a proliferation of gay life in urban enclaves (p. 76). There emerged first in these enclaves a variety of recreational centers, including bars, bath houses, social clubs, and bookstores.
Progay/Antigay: The Rhetorical War Over Sexuality by Ralph R. Smith