By Jeffrey Escoffier
During this wide-ranging number of his so much influential essays, Escoffier strains the emergence of a homosexual and lesbian political identification during the last 4 a long time.
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The gay and lesbian movement cannot step outside of civil life and create a new society from scratch. 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.
41 < previous page page_47 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_48 next page > Page 48 Family responsibilities began to bear more heavily on many male workers when wives went to work in order to maintain the family standard of living. 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.
The assimilationist perspective implied a history of sexual oppression (because no difference "really" existed between homosexuals and heterosexuals, history alone could explain the peculiar reasons and means heterosexuals had for repressing homosexuality), but such a history was not articulated. Both kinds of history would have been useful, but neither developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Both the liberal imagination and the homophile movement (as the homosexual emancipation movement of that time called itself in order to downplay the "sexual") conceptualized sexual emancipation as a critique of ideological and unrealistic sexual norms in favor of people's < previous page page_43 If you like this book, buy it!
American Homo: Community and Perversity by Jeffrey Escoffier