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Baby You Are My Religion argues that American butch-femme bar culture of the mid-20th Century should be interpreted as a sacred space for its community. Before Stonewall -- when homosexuals were still deemed mentally ill -- these bars were the only place where many could have any community at all. Baby, You are My Religion explores this community as a site of a lived corpo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2013 by Acumen (first published June 30th 2013)
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J. Erickson
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Marie Cartier’s opus, Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall , Cartier provides an accessible and thought provoking analysis of mid-20th Century American butch-femme bar culture, how it should be interpreted as a sacred space for its community, and the various movements it spawned as a result. Set in a time when homosexuality was still deemed as a mental illness and likened to perversion and molestation, bars were the only place where gay and lesbian individu ...more
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When the research you do is super interesting but doesn't seem to work with the thesis you've already settled on at all, but you stick with it because fuck it, right?

So yes interesting research, the thesis? Not borne out at all imo.
Mary Pace
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Uses religious discourse to make accessible mid 20th century femme butch/ gay/ lesbian bar culture. Lots of terminologies and historiography that brings the vitality of an exclusive and ever transforming generation alive and heard.
Holly
The interviews were golden. Thank you to the author's sources for sharing their lives: I wish I could have read nothing but your words. Five stars.

The book itself was poorly written and poorly edited, fairly simplistic in its ideas, and repetitive in the extreme. One star.
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Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
More than a bit of a stretch at times but, as other reviewers have noted, the interviews around which that stretch is drawn are worth the price of the ticket.
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Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual/performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian. She has been active in many movements for social change. Marie teaches at UC Irvine in the Film & Media Studies Department and CSU Northridge in Women’s Studies. She recently finished her Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, with an emphasis on Women and Religion: feminist queer gender. ...more

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