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How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism
by Tina Fetner
Religious Right on the national agenda now, activists have spent decades fighting for their platform, seeing themselves as David against the religious right's Goliath. At the same time, the religious right has continuously and effectively countered the endeavors of lesbian and gay activists, working to repeal many of the laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orie ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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While leftists and gay rights activists occasionally discuss the notion that left wing battles, and particularly GLBTQ struggles, are too influenced by the religious right, the complaint is always frustrated and dismissive, never a serious consideration. Tina Fetner approaches the notion differently, addressing how the influence of religious right was, in fact, invaluable in shaping, and in rendering more powerful, the lesbian and gay movement. (Both “religious right” and “lesbian and gay moveme ...more
Although the premise of this book is promising, the actual delivery leaves much to be desired. Fetner chooses epigraphs, and makes the occasional enticing claim, that seems to promise new and useful insights into the workings of both the religious right and the LG(BT) movement. But almost always, she quickly abandons those insights to focus on what seems to be the most superficial facets of each movement. For instance, instead of an in-depth analysis of the way Anita Bryant altered the rhetoric ...more
I got about halfway through this last night while sitting, drunk, in a law library. I applied for a membership to said library so I can finish it, and with the bureaucracy of the law library's university that may take a while, but what I gathered from the first half of the book was a great deal of information written in a very dry, academic voice. However, as this is an academic work, and not a novel or a piece of creative non-fiction, I rated it based on content rather than style. Not light rea ...more