Virtually Normal by Andrew Sullivan

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An unprecedented work from the brilliant young editor of The New Republic--who is celebrated also as an incisive defender of the equality of homosexuals--Virtually Normal is an impassioned, reasoned, subtle, and uncompromising political and moral treatise that will set the terms of the homosexuality debate for the foreseeable future.

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Andrew Sullivan is a senior editor at The New Republic, where he was editor from 1991-1996; a columnist for Time magazine; and daily writer for, one of the most influential political weblogs. He is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality. He holds a B.A. in modern history and modern languages from Oxford University and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He lives in Washington D.C., and Providencetown, Massachusetts.
Published May 4, 2011 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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The New Republic's editor offers a leaden analysis of current political stances on homosexuality, culminating in a prescription for solving America's ``homosexual problem.'' Sullivan divides the field of disputants into four camps: The ``prohibitionists'' are the Catholic Church and everyon...

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In this lucid polemic, New Republic editor Sullivan, who is gay, defines four major sets of attitudes toward homosexuality. Prohibitionists regard same-sex physical love as a sickness or a crime again

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Former New Republic editor Sullivan calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against homosexuals.

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Entertainment Weekly

The first book by Andrew Sullivan (editor of The New Republic) is a calm, scholarly approach to what he quaintly terms ''the homosexual experience.'' Sullivan groups arguments into four categories — the prohibitionists, the liberationists, the conservatives, and the liberals — then quietly p...

Sep 15 1995 | Read Full Review of Virtually Normal


Sullivan, the editor of The New Republic, subtitles his book-length essay "an argument about homosexuality."

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London Review of Books

If so, you have the advantage over Colin Spencer, who 390 pages later writes: ‘How a society expresses its sexuality is a direct result of its political structure and ideology.’ It’s not uncommon for people to end up rather awkwardly divided in their allegiances between essentialism (sexuality is...

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