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by Richard Goldstein

eBook The Attack Queers: Liberal Society and the Gay Right download ISBN: 1859846785
Author: Richard Goldstein
Publisher: Verso (June 17, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 112
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Category: Political
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For Goldstein, the rise of the gay right points to some weaknesses in liberal gay activism, and he exhorts bourgeois "strivers" not to abandon their more radical counterparts. Village Voice veteran Goldstein trumpets the countercharge against the gay right, who are not homosexual Republicans but "attack queers" Andrew Sullivan, Norah Vincent, and Camille Paglia.

Liberal Society and the Gay Right. Hooray for Richard Goldstein! The Attack Queers is a brillian. nd brilliantly writte. olemic against the rising tide of heartless gay conservatism and its 'liberal' straight allies. by Richard Goldstein. The Attack Queers is a much-needed call to arms for progressives of all stripes to rally before it's too late. Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall. Besides its sheer cogency, the most notable thing about The Attack Queers is, surprisingly, the generous patience with which it anatomizes the gay right.

Richard Goldstein (born June 19, 1944) is an American journalist and . Born on the Street Graffiti. The Attack Queers: Liberal Society and the Gay Right (2002). Homocons: The Rise of the Gay Right (2003).

Richard Goldstein (born June 19, 1944) is an American journalist and writer. He specializes in gay and lesbian issues, music, and counterculture topics. This book has been taught in literature classes in a number of secondary schools and universities. In addition, Goldstein's work has been widely anthologized. Another little piece of my heart: my life of rock and revolution in the '60s (2016).

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The Attack Queers offers such a critique. It describes how the gay Right agenda differs from the one the queer community has long embraced. Never abandoning its analysis of the complex relationship between homosexuals and liberal society, the book examines the conflict between liberationists and assimilationists that has raged since the Stonewall era, and explores how political success tipped the balance and facilitated the rise of the gay Right. For most of its history, the American gay movement has been part of the democratic Left. Gay liberation's founders were Communists, and its activist core is still overwhelmingly progressive.

And it could catch on, saysRichard Goldstein. He also calls them "the attack queers" because their role, he claims, is to do f or the self-styled "liberal" mainstream media what the media dare not do for the mselves: express hostility toward gays.

Goldstein uses this book to take to task the small number of right-wing gay and lesbian "public intellectuals" who are given a platform far out of proportion to their numbers (after all, a solid 75% of gay men and lesbians have liberal political inclinations and vote Democratic or Green)The usual.

Goldstein uses this book to take to task the small number of right-wing gay and lesbian "public intellectuals" who are given a platform far out of proportion to their numbers (after all, a solid 75% of gay men and lesbians have liberal political inclinations and vote Democratic or Green)The usual subjects are roasted - the pustulant Andrew Sullivan, shrill Norah. but this book is more then shooting fish in a barrel

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For most of its history, the American gay movement has been part of the democratic Left. Gay liberation’s founders were Communists, and its activist core is still overwhelmingly progressive. But in recent years, a more affluent group of gay men has begun to make its mark. Though they are a minority in the queer community (which includes people of all races, classes and genders), conservatives have become the loudest gay voices in the mainstream media. With their withering contempt for feminism and radical politics, these ‘gayocons’ are changing the movement’s public image. Unless their rise is met by a persuasive critique, they may also alter its heart and soul.The Attack Queers offers such a critique. It describes how the gay Right agenda differs from the one the queer community has long embraced. Never abandoning its analysis of the complex relationship between homosexuals and liberal society, the book examines the conflict between liberationists and assimilationists that has raged since the Stonewall era, and explores how political success tipped the balance and facilitated the rise of the gay Right. Finally this book offers an alternative to gay conservatism grounded in queer humanism, a distinct sensibility that has been a major force in progressive thought for more than a century.
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Flash_back
This book is a must-read by anyone concerned with the direction of the gay equal rights movement. Goldstein uses this book to take to task the small number of right-wing gay and lesbian "public intellectuals" who are given a platform far out of proportion to their numbers (after all, a solid 75% of gay men and lesbians have liberal political inclinations and vote Democratic or Green)
The usual subjects are roasted -- the pustulant Andrew Sullivan, shrill Norah Vincent, clueless Tammy Bruce, George Bush apologist Rich Taefel and stuffy Bruce Bawer...but this book is more then shooting fish in a barrel. Goldstein also analyzes the reason that the "powers that be" have given these conservative gays louspeakers to bleat out their criticism of liberal politics -- which ironically are the only politics which coupld have advanced equality and social acceptance to the point where conservative gays can even speak out!
If you have any interest in gay politics or progressive issues in America, this book is a must-read.
Makaitist
Initally appearing to defy all odds, GLBT conservatives have become the media darlings of the 21st century precisley because the far right can use them as 'cover' for their own bias and hatred.
What little mobility and 'freedom' these talking heads exist is only allowed under the precise circumstances dictated by their homophobic 'handlers' (although given the authoritarian pull of the right, 'owners'--and all of the resulting connotations---might be a better descriptor term) thus making their attacks a misdirected outburst of frustration and stress.
Like the female anti-feminists of the 1970's, they secretly realize their 'crazy liberal' counterparts are infact completely correct with assessment of existing social structure, but are honestly torn between publicly vocalizing this click and the realization they REALLY will not be able to claim membership in the status quo upon this afformentioned disclosure.
For years, I used to feel sorry for conservative 'out group' members, whom I tended to write off as confused or dim, but now I really feel for them having learned just how vunerable and frightened they actually are. This empathy remains tempered by realization their unchecked version of 'good' public policy is a world nobody should live in.
Agalas
If you wanted to conpare this book to a feature in the Goldstein-edited Village Voice, it would have to be Michael Musto's gossip column rather than the more thoughful social/political analysis of people like Nat Hentoff.
Sadly, there's a lot of bitchy personal attacks and parlour psychologising (which will guarantee plenty of attention in the gay press), but little serious engagement with ideas. The only "attack queer"on offer in this book is Goldstein himself.
This is another volume for people looking to have their existing prejudices confirmed, but it adds nothing to rational debate.