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The Pleasure Principle: Sex, Backlash, and the Struggle for Gay Freedom
Drawing on a half-century of gay history, Michael Bronski brilliantly maps out the fascinating and often ironic interplay between culture and politics. In doing so, he illustrates how and why most heterosexuals need and love certain aspects of gay culture, even though this culture also causes them enormous anxiety and fear. The Pleasure Principle offers a profound and dist ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2000 by Stonewall Inn Editions
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Not the most relevant piece for today as it was a bit a product of its time. I still enjoyed the discussion of the ghetto as an erogenous zone of the city. I also appreciated the interrogation of beat aesthetics under the queer aegis. Unfortunately it took 150 pages for me to even feel like I was learning something new, but this is the nature of the genre. I also wonder in the case of this work: who was the intended audience? An educated gay readership would probably know all of this.
Michael Bronski has written extensively on LGBT issues for four decades. He has published widely in the LGBT and mainstream press and his work appears in numerous anthologies. He is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.More about Michael Bronski...