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By Ben Gove

ISBN-10: 0585441707

ISBN-13: 9780585441702

ISBN-10: 0748613617

ISBN-13: 9780748613618

Gove analyzes promiscuity inside of American homosexual tradition and the foundation assumptions and contradictions that give a contribution to dominant understandings of promiscuous intercourse and hope. He demanding situations the normative dichotomy of "bad" homosexual male promiscuity and "good" heterosexual monogamy and provides a much broader review of yankee attitudes in the direction of sexual perform and hope. the writer attracts at the autobiographical fiction and memoirs of 3 influential authors from the early Sixties onwards: John Rechy, Larry Kramer, and David Wojnarowicz, in addition to different queer serious, historic, and fictional viewpoints to demonstrate the argument.

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Correspondingly, the range of sex venues already available in the early decades of the century – bathhouses, backrooms, parks and so on – grew greatly in number, and in many instances, were far more openly used than in the pre-Stonewall years. At the same time, though, the prevalent couple structure retained its 28 CRUISING CULTURE advantages for a great many men, even as they reshaped it to accommodate multiple sexual needs. ’105 So the common simultaneous desire for intimate monogamy and lustful promiscuity (or, indeed, for intimate promiscuity and lustful monogamy) did persist in many ways in the post-Stonewall era, even as most gay male discourses and practices denaturalised the dominant equation of sex with romance, monogamy and intimacy to a far greater degree than in lesbian and heterosexual cultures.

101 Most importantly, however, the explosion of second-wave feminism, and particularly the emergence of a radical feminist call for non-marital sexual freedom, produced a blueprint for the subsequent growth of the lesbian and gay liberation movement – and all of these mobilisations on behalf of self-declared marginalised groups were in turn centrally influenced by the great success of the black Civil Rights movement. The PASSING PLEASURES 27 frequent (though also internally disputed) radical feminist emphasis on the interdependence of sexual freedom and other forms of social change was succinctly summarised in Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics: A sexual revolution would require, perhaps first of all, an end of traditional sexual inhibitions and taboos, particularly those that most threaten patriarchal monogamous marriage: homosexuality, ‘illegitimacy’, adolescent, preand extra-marital sexuality.

Pp. vii–viii. Martin, ‘Sexualities without genders’, p. 104. , p. 119. As opposed to my more frequent use of ‘sex’ to mean sexual activity. This section borrows from a number of historical and critical studies, but is also informed by a broad range of newspaper and magazine articles in the gay and lesbian press too numerous to list here, and more cumulatively than individually influential upon my understanding of modern American gay sexual history. Goldberg, Sodometries, p. 26. In stressing the incoherences and projections that characterise these colonial narratives, Goldberg also points to the construction of ‘the figure of the promiscuous Indian woman’ (p.

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