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Lavender Culture - Karla Jay

Lavender Culture

By: Karla Jay (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1994
ISBN: 9780814742167
Number Of Pages: 530

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The influence of gays and lesbians on language, literature, theater, poetry, dance, music, and the arts is unmeasurable. In the era before AIDS, gay and lesbian culture had a defining, if unrecognized, influence on American life, an influence that is only now being acknowledged.

This reissue of the classic anthology, "Lavender Culture," serves as a provocative, dynamic, and wide-ranging reminder of American gay and lesbian culture in the days before the status of gay people received widespread attention in the media, religion, and politics, before Newsweek saw it fit to feature a cover story on LESBIANS, and before gays and lesbians took center stage in America's cultural landscape.

Here we find the young, assertive voices of such activists, authors, and artists as Rita Mae Brown, Barbara Grier, John Stoltenberg, Julia Penelope, Andrea Dworkin, Andrew Kopkind, Jane Rule, Arthur Bell, Charlotte Bunche, and dozens more. Including essays on such diverse subjects as gay bath houses, the gay male image in classical ballet, images of gays in rock music, Judy Garland, lesbian humor, sports and machismo, the growing business of women's music, and the Cleveland bar scene in the 1940s, Lavender Culture, with new introductory essays by the editors and Cindy Patton, offers a panoply of gay and lesbian life, tracing the current influence and visibility of gay and lesbian culture back to its origins.

"To read this book is to glimpse gay culture in its first morning... It offers a comprehensive and poignant overview of a very special moment in gay culture. Read it, and if you're still too macho to weep, or too insufficiently radical/feminist to scream, at least shed a tear for lost innocence." --The Advocate

Foreword to the new edition
Introduction to the new edition
Introduction to the new edition
No Longer the Court Jestersp. 23
No Man's Landp. 48
Queen for a Day: A Stranger in Paradisep. 69
The Bath Life Gets Respectabilityp. 77
Forum on Sado-Masochismp. 85
Phantasy Revolutionp. 118
Sexual Anarchyp. 135
Why I'm Not Dancingp. 140
The Cleveland Bar Scene in the Fortiesp. 146
Missing the Ports O Callp. 150
Toeing the Line: In Search of the Gay Male Image in Contemporary Classical Balletp. 157
Dance Liberationp. 171
Images of Gays in Rock Musicp. 182
The Growing Business Behind Women's Musicp. 195
Judy Garland and Others: Notes on Idolization and Derisionp. 201
Closets in the Museum: Homophobia and Art Historyp. 215
Weaving a Whole Lifep. 228
Gay Theatre: Gays in the Marketplace vs. Gays for Themselvesp. 230
Gay Theatre in the "Real World"p. 246
The X-Rated Bibliographer: A Spy in the House of Sexp. 257
Some Pulp Sapphop. 262
The Poetry of Male Lovep. 275
Lesbian-Feminist Comedy: Dyke Humor out of the Closetp. 295
Mother Wit: Tongue in Cheekp. 299
A Queer by any Other Name Would Smell as Sweetp. 308
Memoirs of a Lesbian's Lesbian Daughterp. 315
Growing Up Gay: Where Were You in '62p. 325
I Was the Dyke at My High School Reunionp. 332
Gay Youth and The Question of Consentp. 342
The Boys in the Barracksp. 367
Sports and the Macho Malep. 385
The Politics of Dressp. 396
A Letter to Mp. 405
Neither Profit nor Salvationp. 412
Grandmothersp. 421
Aging is a State of Mindp. 424
Learning from Lesbian Separatismp. 433
A Question of Culture: Mirror Without Imagep. 445
A Journey to the End of Meetingsp. 452
Blacks and Gay Liberationp. 458
Three for the Price of One: Notes from a Gay Black Feministp. 466
Practical Economics for a Women's Communityp. 477
Second Five-Year Planp. 484
Permissionsp. 493
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814742167
ISBN-10: 0814742165
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 530
Published: 1st October 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.91