How To Be Gay

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How To Be Gay

略 Free Read Format Kindle [ How To Be Gay ] ﬖ Author David M Halperin ﬥ Halperin provocatively argues that when it comes to defining what it means to be a homosexual man, sex is overratedCulture matters How To Be Gay is never a bore It explores a fundamental kind of gay sensibilityHalperin teases an enormous amount out of a scene in Mildred Pierce , including the sense of glamour and abjection gay audiences find in Joan Crawford, and how the film packages the transgressive spectacle of female strength, autonomy, feistiness and power Halperin works up to an argument impossible to summarize here about how the film evokes a dissident perspective on the very idea of romantic love He is articulate about many other things in this book, including how gay men often find resonance in straight cultural artifacts than in gay ones His funny shorthand for this is Why would we want Edmund White, when we still have The Golden Girls He is excellent, too, on how classical tragedy is nearly always about men, or fathers and sonsDozens of similar arguments are rehearsed in How To Be Gay Halperin even neatly mows down hipster irony in the face of the kind of gay male irony that defines camp It s a kaleidoscopic book that at its base breaks with what the author calls the Brokeback Mountain crowd He urges gay men to take their so called femininity out of homosexuality s newly built closet, to see it plainly and to give it affirmative interpretations Dwight Garner, New York Times, 7 August 2012This is a delightfully puzzling bookHalperin makes it clear from the outset that gay culture is not at all the same thing as gay sex, gay identity, or even homosexualityWhat is marvelous is Halperin s rich analysis of many aspects of this gay cultural life, showing the distinctive ways it makes use of straight culture Ken Plummer, THE, Thursday 23 August 2012An arresting thesis, and Halperin has revealing insights How to be Gay ranges spiritedly across broad terrain from Eldward Albee to Annie Proulx, from Desperate Housewives to La Cage aux Folles Richard Canning, The Independent, Saturday 18 Augst 2012We re sure none of you need lessons on How to be Gay, so fortunately, that s not quite the straightforward premise of this weighty, thought provoking tome from David M Halperin He explores notions of gay male identity and stereotypes, wondering what has shaped gay behaviour and whether it s a reaction again the hetero normative society into which we re born Out in the City, 1 November 2012An arresting thesis, and Halperin has revealing insights How to be Gay ranges spiritedly across broad terrain from Eldward Albee to Annie Proulx, from Desperate Housewives to La Cage aux Folles Richard Canning, The Independent, Saturday 18 Augst 2012David Halperin s new book, How to Be Gay , addresses the mysterious persistence of discredited elements of pre Stonewall gay male culture In theory, camp should have been rendered obsolete by the arrival of models of gay behaviour not driven by the old toxic blend of shame and defiance, but there are still careers to be made from the man sized frock and the killer putdown Halperin s argument is that these oddly resilient practices need to be looked at closely rather than swept under the carpet relegated to gay liberation s own closet, as he sees it Adam Mars Jones, London Review of Books, Thursday 22 November 2012An arresting thesis, and Halperin has revealing insights How to be Gay ranges spiritedly across broad terrain from Eldward Albee to Annie Proulx, from Desperate Housewives to La Cage aux Folles Richard Canning, The Independent, Saturday 18 Augst 2012A pioneer of LGBTQ studies dares to suggest that gayness is a way of being that gay men must learn from one another to become who they are The genius of gay culture resides in some of its most despised stereotypesaestheticism, snobbery, melodrama, glamour, caricatures of women, and obsession with mothersand in the social meaning of style. 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