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The tolerance trap : how God, genes, and good intentions are sabotaging gay equality / Suzanna Danuta Walters.

By: Walters, Suzanna Danuta [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Intersections (New York, N.Y.): Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2014]Description: 1 online resource (x, 333 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814770580; 0814770584.Subject(s): Gay rights | Toleration | EqualityGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Tolerance trapDDC classification: 323.3/264 Other classification: SOC026000 | SOC032000 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
That's so gay! (Or is it?) -- end of coming out? : Once upon a time ; Coming out is so last year ; closet 2.0 -- Do these genes make me look gay? : medical gayz ; Dangerous liaisons ; You say nature, I say nurture ... let's call the whole thing off -- Citizen Gay : Homeland insecurities ; Better put a ring on it ; In the family way -- Escape from the tolerance trap : Is that all there is? ; When the rainbow isn't enough.
Summary: From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, author Walters argues, the plea for tolerance has sabotaged the full integration of gays into American life. Same-sex marriage is unrecognized and unpopular in the vast majority of states, hate crimes proliferate, and even in the much vaunted "gay friendly" world of Hollywood and celebrity culture, precious few stars are openly gay. She maintains that we are not "almost there," but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. After all, one "tolerates" unpleasant realities: medicine with strong side effects, a long commute, an annoying relative. Tolerance is not the end goal, but a dead end.--Publisher information.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-316) and index.

Online resource; title from e-book title screen (ProQuest ebrary platform, viewed August 17, 2016).

Introduction: That's so gay! (Or is it?) -- Pt. I. The end of coming out? : Once upon a time ; Coming out is so last year ; The closet 2.0 -- Pt. II. Do these genes make me look gay? : The medical gayz ; Dangerous liaisons ; You say nature, I say nurture ... let's call the whole thing off -- Pt. III. Citizen Gay : Homeland insecurities ; Better put a ring on it ; In the family way -- Pt. IV. Escape from the tolerance trap : Is that all there is? ; When the rainbow isn't enough.

From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, author Walters argues, the plea for tolerance has sabotaged the full integration of gays into American life. Same-sex marriage is unrecognized and unpopular in the vast majority of states, hate crimes proliferate, and even in the much vaunted "gay friendly" world of Hollywood and celebrity culture, precious few stars are openly gay. She maintains that we are not "almost there," but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. After all, one "tolerates" unpleasant realities: medicine with strong side effects, a long commute, an annoying relative. Tolerance is not the end goal, but a dead end.--Publisher information.

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Over the last few decades, American society has become increasingly tolerant of gay culture: being gay is no longer seen as negative by many people and the gay community is represented in television, film, politics, and more. However, -Walters (sociology, Northeastern Univ.; All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America) argues successfully that this is not enough to achieve true respect and fair treatment for the gay community. Through a spirited and enlightening discussion of the history of gay rights, gay culture in the media and society, and her own experiences, the author elaborates on how the community and its allies have settled for mere tolerance of their presence rather than demanding true equality. Pulling from numerous sources, this thoughtful and accessible work includes discussions of topics such as the biological theories of a "gay gene" and sociobiological effects on sexuality, the semantics of terms such as coming out, critiques such as how the film The Kids Are All Right perpetuates negative gender politics and gay family cliches, etc. The title concludes with helpful notes and a bibliography. VERDICT Different, relevant, and thorough, this book is excellent for readers interested in gay rights and culture, as well as sociology and current events.-Jennifer Harris, Southern New Hampshire Univ. Lib., Manchester (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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