The Columbia Reader on Lesbians & Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics by Larry Gross

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A comprehensive introduction to lesbian and gay studies for students and general readers. More than 100 articles, essays, letters, and primary documents cover the formation of gay identity; religious, scientific, medical, and legal perspectives; the mainstream media; lesbian and gay media; and community prospects and tactics. The text includes: a general introduction; viewpoints - ranging from radical to conservative - of lesbian and gay scholars and community writers, as well as non-gay intellectuals and public figures; essays, articles, and primary documents such as letters and manifestoes from both mainstream and lesbian/gay sources; detailed exploration of mainstream media representation of gays and lesbians in films, television, and print, as well as the rise of lesbian/gay media outlets; broad coverage of history and identity, social, cultural, legal, medical and religious regulation, AIDS and lesbian and gay political agendas and strategies; and topics relevant to the late-1990s, such as the development of a cybercommunity, as well as questions of censorship and pornography, same-sex-marriage, the ethics of "outing", gay and lesbian activism and the conservative backlash.

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Larry Gross is Sol Worth Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing," editor of "Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photographs, Film, and Television" and "On the Margins of Art Worlds," and coeditor (with the late James Woods) of "The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics.
Published January 15, 1999 by Columbia University Press. 672 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Gross, a University of Pennsylvania media professor, and the late Woods, a CUNY-Staten Island professor of media studies, have compiled a formidable and mostly somber collection of book excerpts and articles that address many aspects of gay life.

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