This page will be a running annotated bibliography of things I read and think you should too. The newest titles will be in bold.
Chemaly, Soraya. “A glossary of election terms to understand sexism and misogyny in the 2012 elections.” thefeministwire.com. the feminist wire, 17 Jan. 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2012.
- Retrieve the post online at the feminist wire.
- I had planned to create a page to define these terms so when I use them on my blog, people could reference it, but I think I’ll just reference Ms. Chemaly’s work instead.
- These terms provide a basic working definition of terms every feminist (or reader of my blog, or people in general, or right-wing nutjobs, or 15-year-old sophomores, or…you get the point).
Cobb, Joe and Leigh Ann Taylor. Our family outing: A memoir of coming out and coming through. Tulsa, OK: Total Publishing and Media, 2011. Print.
- Joe and Leigh Ann Cobb were college sweethearts. Leigh Ann studied music and eventually played in many Methodist churches. Joe became a Methodist pastor. 13 or so years into their marriage, after they have two children, Joe comes out gay;
- Written in both Joe’s and Leigh Ann’s voices, the memoir is about his coming out, their falling apart and ultimately coming together as a family, then as two (new) separate families;
- It’s heavy on the church and spiritual aspects of their journey and on how they view homosexuality in light of what they’ve spent their whole lives believing, but I found both their perspectives fascinating.
Conrad, Ryan, ed. Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage. Lewiston, ME: Against Equality Publishing Collective, 2010. Print.
- An edited which includes 11 essays that rethink gay marriage.
- Most essays don’t want to abolish gay marriage per se, they just see it as the wrong goal. If folks want to get married then fine, but people should not have to get married in order to access basic rights like healthcare and hospital visitation privileges.
- Topics include gay marriage as anti black, whether gay marriage helps or hurts folks who want to immigrate, and how the marriage fight is setting gay rights back instead of bringing them forward.
Córdova, Jeanne. When we were outlaws: A memoir of love and revolution. Midway, FL: Spinsters Ink, 2011. Print.
- Set in the spring through winter of 1975, this memoir offers a look into the world of lesbian feminist Jeanne Córdova, editor of The Lesbian Tide, writer with The Free Press, activist, lover, revolutionary;
- The main focus is on the boycott of The Gay Community Services Center after they fire most of their female (lesbian) employees, although the book provides a wonderful look into many of the major issues facing the brand new gay and lesbian movement in conversation with the feminist movement happening at the time;
- Want more? Check out this review from Lambda Literary.
DeLong, Amy and Tex Sample, eds. The Loyal Opposition: Struggling with the Church on Homosexuality. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000. Print.
- This is a wonderful edited book by, for and about Methodists and their struggle with the awkward “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” language used in the Book of Discipline.
- The 14 essays touch on everything from “Homosexuality, Resistance, and Scripture” to “Life in the Church as Resistance.”
- Less about the broad Biblical aspects of homosexuality and more about truly becoming welcoming to all in the Methodist Church.
- Although it was written in 2000, it is still very much relevant today.
Love, Heather. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Press,2007. Print.
- Definitely in the vein of Queer Theory which is to say this is a scholarly text rather than a book to be read for pleasure;
- “Homosexual identity is indelibly marked by the effects of reverse discourse; on the one hand, it continues to be understood as a form of damaged or compromised subjectivity; on the other hand, the characteristic forms of gay freedom are produced in response to this history;”
- From the description: “Feeling Backward weighs the cost of contemporary move to mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses – losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet. Heather Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward and consider how this history continues to affect us in the present.”
Michaels, Walter Benn. The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality. New York City: Metropolis Books, 2006. Print
- The book explores the idea that by trying to “fix” the things we can see, racism sexism etc., we ignore the thing that matters, income inequality;
- Michaels believes most Americans of all economic levels honestly believe that “rich people earned” what they have so they don’t have any interest in fixing income in equality;
- Personally I was with him until he starts in on how domestic violence is a “poor people’s problem” simply because more poor people report domestic violence. I have yet to finish the book;
- Worth the read but it does propose some unconventional theories that I don’t think he adequately backs up.
Murray, Charles. “The New American Divide.” Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal, 21 Jan., 2012. Web. 23 Jan. 2012.
- Retrieve the post online at The Wall Street Journal.
- The economic divide isn’t the biggest issue creating the divide between America’s rich and poor, it’s the moral divide.
- “Married, educated people who work hard and conscientiously raise their kids shouldn’t hesitate to voice their disapproval of those who defy these norms” – that is, rich people should consciously judge poor people to shame the poor folks into the correct moral code… and the poor people will get rich?
- This for me was a WTF you’ve got to be joking article, but I post it because I think folks need to realize there are other folks who honest to God think like this.
Petrow, Steven and Sally Chew. Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life. New York: Workman Publishing Company, Inc., 2011. Print.
- It is what it says it is, a complete guide to gay and lesbian manners in almost every situation.
- Includes chapters on: being LGBT, tying the knot, children and everyday life.
- Also includes a glossary and a section on resources.
Rogers, Thomas. “The Invention of the Homosexual.” Salon. Salon, 22 Jan. 2012. Web. 23 Jan. 2012.
- Retrieve the article online at Salon.com.
- Interview with author Hanne Blank on her most recent book Straight;
- The article covers Blank’s take on the origins and invention of homosexuality;
- Only after marriage became about love and desire in the 20th century did different sexualities become even thought about;
- Blame it on Freud and the rise of psychology and psychoanalysis.
van Gelderen, L, Bos H, Gartrell N, et al. “Quality of Life of Adolescents Raised from Birth by Lesbian Mothers.” Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 33.1 (2012): 1-7. Print
- Retrieve the PDF online at National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study
- The group concluded its 24-year-long study of adolescents raised exclusively from birth by lesbian parents;
- Not one of the 78 adolescents in the study reported any physical or sexual abuse compared to 26 percent of the overall population who report physical abuse and 8.3 percent report sexual abuse;
- Only 2.8 percent of the adolescents self-reported as predominantly to exclusively homosexual.