American Homo: Community and Perversity by Jeffrey Escoffier

By Jeffrey Escoffier

During this wide-ranging number of his such a lot influential essays, Escoffier strains the emergence of a homosexual and lesbian political id over the past 4 a long time.

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Many blue-collar workers were dissatisfied with the meaninglessness of their work and with feeling powerlessness to affect the course of production. Increasingly, the problems of labor and workers' discontentment received public attention. 42 As the 1950s wore on, postwar affluence did not allay these frustrations and anxieties. By 1960, three books had appeared that would become extremely influential in the coming decade: Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization (1955), Norman O. Brown's Life against Death (1959), and Paul Goodman's Growing up Absurd (1960).

Male population had had at least one homosexual experience to orgasm between adolescence and old age. The data also seemed to suggest that many adults were neither permanently nor exclusively homosexual or heterosexual but evidenced a fluid continuum of sexual behavior. Kinsey measured this fluidity along the Kinsey scale of heterosexual to homosexual behavior and fantasy, ranging from o (exclusively heterosexual) through 6 (exclusively homosexual). 17 < previous page page_40 If you like this book, buy it!

Nor should gay men and lesbians slip quietly into the suburbs and pretend to be exemplars of the all-American family. The gay and lesbian community must strive to achieve a freer, more democratic, and more honest society through a permanent process of radical reform. < previous page page_23 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 Polymorphous Perversity The gulf between the civil society and sexual desire never closes. "Desire emerges in multiple forms," writes gay theorist Guy Hocquenghem.

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