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The Trouble with Normal Sex Politics and the Ethics of ueer LifeWarners s argument is based in the ethical conviction that sexual autonomy should be a natural The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands right in a sane and just society Why do our laws and cultureeuire the criminalization and stigmatizing of consensual sex acts that aren t eveyone else s cup of tea He claims the gay marriage movement is obscuring the hierarchies of sexual shame that still operate within mainstream homophobia playing into a system that privileges normalcy as a moral value for some misguided eason in this country it s normal to be poorly educated and in bad health for exampleSpeaking of post gay magazine editor James Collard who wants to de politicize the gay movement and publicly stereotyped ueer culture as the gay ghetto in a Newsweek article of 1998 Warner compares Collard s tactics to those of the 1950 s normalizing movement the Mattachine Society Then and now homosexuals were and still are afraid to be seen as still are afraid to be seen as and now they bargained and still bargain for a debased pseudo dignity the kind that is awarded as a bribe for disavowing the indignity of sex and the double indignity of a politics around sex The esult has been a set of hierarchies Those whose sex is least threatening along with those whose gender profiles seem least ueer are put forward as the good and acceptable face of the movement These inevitably are the ones who are staying home making dinner for their boyfriends for whom being gay means eading Newsweek The others the ueers who have sex in public toilets their boyfriends for whom being gay means eading Newsweek The others the ueers who have sex in public toilets don t come out as happily gay the sex workers the lesbians who are too vocal about a taste for dildos or SM the boys who flaunt it as pansies or as leathermen the androgynes the trannies and transgendered whose gender deviance makes them unassimilable to the menu of sexual orientations the clones in the so called gay ghetto the fist fuckers and popper snorters the ones who actually like pornography all these flaming creatures are toldthat their great moment of liberation will come laterwhen we get to be about than sexuality when say gay marriage is given the force of law Free at last I Is That Even a Country, Sir! recommend this book highly welleasoned defence of sex in its own うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] right and analysis of how sexual identities are formed inesponse to public and private The Prince realms scandal shame and the consolidation of voice and power that is theesult of capitalist systems within media and politics A comprehensive and incisive excoriation of same sex marriage as a movement for gay liberation Warner s investigations of the interactions between gay shame and a push for same sex marriage see also Mattilda Bernstein Syca and Benjamin Shepard is a useful lens to explore the millions of dollars and volunteer hours going almost exclusively to same sex marriage advocacy at the expense of issues that arguably have a larger impact on the day to day lives of most ueer and trans folks from health care to housing to gentrificationThis latter trend which pits ich white gays and lesbians toward whom the advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign are oriented against their less wealthy ueer and trans sisters and brothers assumes all the currency when eading gay assimilationist author activists like Michael Signorile Da. Michael Warner one of our most brilliant social critics argues that gay marriage and other moves towar. ,

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N Savage and Larry Kramer who Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival regardless of their counter cultural shock approaches are nonethelesseinforcing ideas of middle class normalcy as the long awaited future for ueers Warner differs and offers a Lifting radical notion of sexual autonomy and sexual ethics in their stead Though Warner seems somewhat unaware of the liberation theories advanced before him byadical feminists like Judith Butler and John Stoltenberg trans theorists like Riki Wilchins and ace theoristshistorians like Robin DG Kelley his critiue of and within the ueer community is well deserved I can totally appreciate his assertion that we in his critiue of and within the ueer community is well deserved I can totally appreciate his assertion that we in US need to admit that sex is being had by many people in many situations OTHER THAN marriagea monogamous elationship Only then can safe sex programs have a chance of working and being effective This insistence amongst our politicians that abstinence is the only safe sex ead NO SEX policy to be taught is idiculous short sighted and a cop out ather than a solution PEOPLE HAVE
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Especially BEFORE totally outside of a marriagemonogamous elationship Guess what Some people may not want to ever get married And they shouldn t have to There are many ways to live life Heterosexual and married is NOT the ONLY pathchoice Get over it and deal Sheesh 15 stars The main arguments of this book in my own words because I do not enjoy Warner s Humanization should be achievable without assimilation In an effort to gain the approval of people with power some people in the LGBT population distance themselves from those who are less normal such as the overly flamboyant gay man or the transgender person who has no desire to pass as cisgender Warner would never use this example because I m not sure he knows what a trans person is or anyone who might confirm stereotypes Normal is a strategy used to shame and marginalize I guess Is it the same as saying We e all normal because this huge spread of diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression and biological sex is normal The benefits of marriage should be extended to all kinds of households YET THE CURRENT BATTLE IN THE GAY MOVEMENT IS the current battle in the gay movement is simply give same sex couples access to the institution of marriage Definitely agree that the focus is misplaced and our society would benefit from educing the financial power of marriage Warner criticizes the desire of some LGBT people to completely desexualize the community so they will be deemed worthy of marriage and the vanilla straight life I agree that this desire is problematic and elitist However I also think we can still acknowledge and discuss the harm that the common OVERsexualization of LGBT people doesANYWAY UGH HERE I GO TO MY MAIN GRIPE The Trouble With Normal is extremely outdated and as another The House That Had Enough reviewer mentioned not useful for today s ueer politics Everything is framed as exclusively gay and lesbian no other identities Gay culture gay life gay activism straight or gay gay movement gay marriage a conclusion even exclusive focusing on gay men only yet the author can still say the book is about the ueer community I m gonna keep screaming 46% of the LGBT population is bi from the mountaintopsHere s aeal winner strike D normalcy are bad not just for the gays but for everyone In place of sexual status uo Warner offers
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Hroughs added by me Already the gay and lesbian movement has been forced to add bisexual and occasionally transgendered to its self description These gestures are often ightly perceived especially by bisexuals forced to add bisexual and occasionally transgendered to its self description These gestures are often ightly perceived especially by bisexuals transgendered people as afterthoughts half hearted gestures at being politically correctApparently this is the author s excuse for not including anything about bisexual people and transgender people except for several uncriticized t slurs Were things this different in 1999 If so yeah this book has historical value But if you want to actually learn something just go ead a few anti assimilation and Critiues Of Blog Posts Or of blog posts or Even though its almost 15 years old and even though some of the specific issues he aises are mute DOMA don t ask don t tell anti sodomy laws all thankfully consigned to the Défendre Jacob rubbish heap of history now the underlying assumption he works with is still incredibly valid mainstream culture is uncomfortable with ueer people because mainstream culture as a whole is simply uncomfortable with sex being discussed or addressed or engaged with in anything approximating general openness I think that s essentially correct even if its a very hard generalization to make as a young adult in 2014 at a time when gayueer culture is becoming much prevalent in general and not simply because of the sea change in attitudes on gay marriage and while Warner makes a compelling case against not simply gay marriage but against the institution of marriage as a whole as a ludicrousitual which allows the state to say that some types of Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide relationships are proper and others are not I don t buy into his alarmist and inetrospect incorrect conclusion that full acceptance of gay marriage will be the death of organic fully sexualized ueer culture in America You can get married to your gaylesbian partner in a Presbyterian church in a wide array of states these days you can also spend your nights in a states these days you can also spend your nights in a or BDSM dungeon or a glory hole As long as people are biologically wired for sex all of those things will exist in an uneasy and at times almost incoherent sort of euilibrium But where he is still frighteningly Black Gold in North Dakota right is how larger economic forces can destroy ueer andeally any other culture that gets in the way of economic development urban enewal eally of gentrification in general A neo con senator blasting degenerate gays is ultimately infinitely less damaging to gay life than a eal estate mogul with a blueprint for development and the backing of city hallWarner touches on a dizzying array of issues in this book everything from healthcare to city planning to cultural assumptions about sex to the nature of marriage to byzantine zoning laws to the fall out of the Lewinsky scandal The book eally would be better if he could just pick 2 3 filters through which to examine this issue instead of trying to come at an issue this large from every angle possible at once This is the odd polemic that would benefit from being academic ie a bit extensively structured in its general approach That being said it is also the are book on a central LGBT issue whose basic premises are still valid and worth considering 15 years after it was written. Vision of true sexual autonomy that will forever change the way we think about sex shame and identity. ,