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Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

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The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to yo ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 14th 2004 by Beacon Press
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May 12, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, reviewed, history
I was born in the 70s and grew up during the AIDS epidemic of the 80s that put a halt to the creative sexual art of the 70s (and cast sex as an act that led to disease and misery), so in this book I found that rare thing of an author understanding that longing for the "freedom" of the 70s and describing just what queer culture was then. From the secluded communities created in sex clubs and bathhouses (and eventually diminished by voyeuristic heterosexuals) to the re-focused communities created ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Rj rated it liked it
Picked up Patrick Moore's Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004) and found myself with conflicted feelings after finishing the book in one evening. Moore "an activist and a writer", identifies himself as an artist is fascinated by what he terms radical gay male sexuality, and the development of radical gay male sexual cultures in the pre-AIDS era of the late 1970s. A topic that has always been close to my own heart, I found Moore's te ...more
Eric Rickert
May 08, 2015 Eric Rickert rated it really liked it
A love letter to a moment in gay history that will never again be, and a sad reflection on what New York City used to mean to people, when corporations and middle America had not yet claimed Times Square as their own.

I highlighted a lot of this book because it confirmed a feeling I've always had: that I arrived here too late. I will never understand any part of Manhattan being derelict and I will never know what it was like to be a member of ACT UP. I know people who live their lives as "sexual
Beyond Shame is a perspective on the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s and beyond that the mainstream hardly gets; instead of always forcing critiques of the time through the tragic filter of the AIDS crisis, Patrick Moore tries to get us to explore how this culture was, for its participants, an unprecedented liberation.

Moore's leitmotif is how radical gay sex is (was) like art. It's a bit of a leap at first, but it makes sense if you accept there is a certain theatricality to sex, particular
I think, to start, i want to be clear: i hate writing about New York City. Somehow (frequently in radical queer theory) the preservation of certain cultural spaces with a sexual component (the Mineshaft for example) is more important than, say, the long and unending strings of police brutality against the community. Admittedly, Moore is part of the Art World (tm) and so this is about art (which i am radically unqualified to talk about) but i think this often serves to take his good points (sexua ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of the gay non-fiction work is "Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality." Basically from the author's POV, the promiscuous sexual rebellion of the 1970s has been blasted as having caused AIDS not only by the religious right but also within a divided gay community itself. The idea is that gay men should bear the scar of shame for unleashing this "deadly plague," which took the lives of many of many brothers, lovers, and close friends. AIDS is supposedly the punishme ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
What a great book. The first part of Beyond Shame looks at gay culture in the 1970s and how radical and revolutionary it was until AIDS came along. The second part looks at ACT-UP and how AIDS negatively affected the gay community and turned the once radical sex culture into a closeted shameful affair--especially in NYC where the city administrations used AIDS as a public health issue in order to scare people as well as completely shutting down all the of sex club et al. Finally, the author look ...more
May 10, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
Oh man, so many conflicted feelings about this book. I definitely liked it but I felt the arguments he made were not as strong as they could have been. I did enjoy however reading his viewpoints about queer history.
May 11, 2009 Jennpants rated it really liked it
"I don't want an angry political funeral. I just want you to burn me in the street and eat my flesh" -- Jon Greenberg.

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“ a first rate form of social control. Shame is what keeps us in line, what prevents us from discovering not so much who we are, but what we might become.” 1 likes
“The reality of AIDS in America is that gay men of color-finding no home in either their birth communities or the highly commercialized, white gay world-represent the majority of HIV infection in America. The time
has come for the gay community to take responsibility for reaching these gay men as gay men, insisting that their lives are as important as the first group of gay men lost to AIDS in the 1980s.”
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