Category: Sexuality

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Michael Bronski: Queering the Scouts

  This was a right-wing nightmare that rivaled the image of Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan announcing that they are lovers on National Coming Out Day, or Kenneth Starr excusing himself as Special Prosecutor because he had walked that mile in Monica’s kneepads. This may have been even worse. This was about those iconographic models Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Media Literacy

  When my daughter came home from kindergarten telling me that her school was teaching her about the media, advertising, and such things as toy packaging, I was impressed. She was beginning to get the tools necessary to think critically about the blizzard of advertising and commercialism we confront everyday. It’s always been clear that Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Boogie Nights

  There is so much to like and admire about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights that small qualms or reservations seem petty. The tone — and the plot — of the movie is summed up in its subtitle (when was the last time a movie had a subtitle?): "The Life of a Dreamer, the Days Read more…

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Michael Bronski: The Full Monty: Taking It Off For Thatcherism

  Men’s bodies are a relatively new invention in films. Sure, there have always been men in movies, but the male body, as a sexual object, is a fairly recent discovery. In the 1930s and ‘40s there were handsome men of a whole range of physical types and affects — Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Clark Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Monster Morph

The Andrew Cunanan story— from its beginnings as a nearly unnoticed Minneapolis murder on through the killing of Gianni Versace—ended in a not-very-dramatic suicide that swept the story off page one into news oblivion. But as the smoke from the media blitz clears several facts are now evident. First of all, the police and FBI Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Oh, Promise Me

Sargent   People. And you gals. Lots of inspiring things have happened recently. Two, in particular, stand out. One is the welcome sight of hundreds of thousands of mostly white men gathering together to worship God, who is also white and male (not to mention heterosexual),  which makes white heterosexual males superior to everyone else. Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Disney, Southern Baptists, & Children’s Culture

Henry A. Giroux   The Southern Baptist Convention in June generated a lot of media attention when it called for a boycott of the Disney Company for promoting "immoral ideologies such as homosexuality." The Southern Baptists were angry because Disney sponsors "Gay Days" at its theme parks, provides health benefits to the domestic partners of Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: The Church of Chastity Belts

mostly gals) should refrain from having sex until they are in a monogamous marriage when, presumably, sex will not cause STPs, pregnancy, and heartache. We saw vivid slides of the ravages of herpes, chlamydia, human papilloma virus, all prepared by an Austin, Texas group called Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MISH). We learned the shocking Read more…

Bob Harris: Star Wars: A Triumph of the Will

  I just saw "Star Wars" again. It’s big fun. But don’t take the kids just yet. You know by now that George Lucas’s stock for this stew was Joseph Campbell puree, which photon torpedoed into our collective unconscious by drawing on cultural archetypes and recycling every old story we’ve ever loved. However, Lucas also Read more…

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Eleanor J. Bader: Beyond Gay or Straight: Understanding Sexual Orientation

Publishers: Philadelphia, PA) 1996, $12.95 PB, 160 pp. Reviewed by Eleanor J. Bader I thought that we would be friends forever. Although she and I had never wavered outside the bounds of platonic love, we were always together. Our arms were often affectionately draped around each other and we routinely engaged in a conspiracy of Read more…

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