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Up from Invisibility : Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America - Larry Gross

Up from Invisibility

Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

Paperback Published: 26th December 2001
ISBN: 9780231119535
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation toward a greater acknowledgment of diversity, does the emerging "visibility" of gay men and women do justice to the complexity and variety of their experience? Or is gay identity manipulated and contrived by media that are unwilling -- and perhaps unable -- to fully comprehend and honor it?

While positive representations of gays and lesbians are a cautious step in the right direction, media expert Larry Gross argues that the entertainment and news media betray a lingering inability to break free from proscribed limitations in order to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. While noting major advances, like the opening of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore -- the first gay bookstore in the country -- or the rise of The Advocate from small newsletter to influential national paper, Gross takes the measure of somewhat more ambiguous milestones, like the first lesbian kiss on television or the first gay character in a newspaper comic strip.

A readable account of the gradual emergence of a gay-lesbian presence in news, entertainment, and advertising over the last fifty years. -- James Boylan Columbia Journalism Review This scholarly study is engaging and readable. Library Journal Not only adds to our understanding of the culture but also encompasses material from an impressive number of venues that should be, but often are not, included in a book about the media. -- Roger Streitmatter, American University Journal of Mass Communication Quarterly

Prefacep. xiii
The Mediated Societyp. 1
Mass Media and American Societyp. 1
Television as the Mainstreamp. 6
Sexual Minorities and the Mediap. 12
Subversion and Resistancep. 17
Coming out and Coming Togetherp. 21
The Homosexual in Midcentury Americap. 21
Giving Voice to the Voicelessp. 24
Provoking Concernp. 29
The Voice Gets Louderp. 32
Coming Out in the Nation's Living Roomsp. 37
Stonewall and Beyondp. 40
"Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Stinging Mad"p. 40
"Turning Their Condition into Politics"p. 43
Expressing Outragep. 46
Talking Back to the Mediap. 50
At the Moviesp. 56
"A Queer Feeling Every Time I Look at You"p. 56
"Show Me a Happy Homosexual and I'll Show You a Gay Corpse"p. 60
Friedkin Delivers Gay Corpsesp. 64
Getting the Word Outp. 67
Gay Films for Straight Audiencesp. 71
Universal or Particular?p. 75
Television Takes Overp. 81
New Medium, Old Messagep. 81
No Sex, Please, We're Queerp. 85
Aids and the Mediap. 94
Rumors of a "Gay Cancer"p. 94
Circling the Wagonsp. 96
Natural Squeamishnessp. 99
Media Activism in a Crisisp. 104
Journalism's Closet Opensp. 110
Burying and Marryingp. 110
All the News Not Fit to Printp. 113
The Gray Lady Goes Gayp. 118
Coming Out in the Newsroomp. 125
Breaking the Code of Silencep. 131
Naming Namesp. 131
Outing the Pentagonp. 135
Kinda Ask, Sorta Tellp. 139
Hollywood Under Pressurep. 143
AIDS Victims and Villainsp. 143
A Kinder, Gentler Hollywoodp. 147
Queering the "Straight" Textp. 150
Hollywood's Gay Ninetiesp. 156
"I feel pretty and witty and ... Hey!"p. 156
Still Villainous After All These Yearsp. 164
Sad Young Menp. 169
Some of My Best Friends Are Celibatep. 177
Beyond Prime Timep. 184
Adam and Steve and Phil and Oprahp. 184
The Tongue-Tied Public Squarep. 188
Getting Over the Rainbowp. 195
Locker-room Closetsp. 201
Morning Papers, Afternoon Soapsp. 208
Coming Out in the Comicsp. 208
You're the First Person I Have Ever Toldp. 216
Old Stories and New Technologiesp. 221
The Good Partsp. 221
Somewhere There's a Place for Usp. 227
A Niche of Our Ownp. 233
Movement to Marketp. 233
Are We Being Served?p. 244
Facing the Futurep. 252
Visibility and Its Discontentsp. 252
Looking Backwardp. 258
Sourcesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780231119535
ISBN-10: 0231119534
Series: Between Men--Between Women
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th December 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43