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Bad Gays: A Homosexual History

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But we do not see those people as existing in a vacuum. We think that they are part of a spectrum that extends all the way into kinds of behavior viewpoints that are much more common and comfortable among gay men. Looking at those continuities is very important to us. There is power in being the king who sits upon the throne, but sometimes there is more power in being the throne on whom the king sits." I still think it's worth reading. I actually learned a lot, and rethought some concepts I'd taken as given. The authors are not writing in a vacuum, and all of the chapters consider those non-bad queers who don't get their own chapter titles, but who are always directly affected by the actions of the bad, evil, complicated queers. The actual story is by the numbers. These animated features love the idea of teaching children to think outside the box and rising above what the world thinks you are, in a movie that's story arch could not have been more obvious if they tried, but that animation was so good that I'm too focus on it to care.

Let’s start with the fact -if this had less graphic descriptions of sex- it would be so bloody perfect as material to be used and taught in schools. This book covers so much history, especially for Europeans and English folk, that our historians usually try to hide or barely mention beneath piles of text. Gay liberation is an idea about a transformative, actually revolutionary sexual politics, an alliance with other people, places, and movements—while gay rights are these specific legal rights that we have now received in many countries. Those are two different projects. One succeeded, one failed. We are not particularly satisfied with the successes of gay rights. We are not satisfied with the centrism and quietism of the official version of the gay movement, which too often refuses to be in a real, meaningful alliance and solidarity with other marginalised people. And there are all kinds of cultural and interpersonal dysfunctions that come out of this as well as the political ones.A wry, rigorous account of centuries of gay villainy. Lemmey and Miller's historiography sparkles with salacious details and delights in showing us that there is nothing new under the sun. Shon Faye, Author of The Transgender Issue

This book probably deserves a more thorough review than I'm about to give it. I wasn't planning to review it at all, but I need to express some thoughts! I've seen a lot of criticism about there not being representation of non-white folks or those who identify as something other than male in this book, but these criticisms miss the point, or at least don't take their criticisms the right point. The book isn't aiming to explore marginalized gays, but the bad gays who were front and center of culture, politics, and the sciences, those who wrote the narrative. So of course there won't be many marginalized bad gays in here, because their voices weren't shaping the dominant culture. Those would be the white, male ones (for the most part; there is one woman in here, Margaret Mead, and one Japanese man, Yukio Mishimi).You can watch me review this book & all of the other 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners here: https://youtu.be/fFKXJ1gsZA8 An antidote to assumptions that anyone oppressed must be the good guy. Catherine Fletcher, History Today, Books of the Year

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