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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
File size5.1 Mb
Release date 05.02.1999
ISBN9780304332724
Pages count312
Book rating4.75 (4 votes)
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The Stonewall Experiment is a book about the social and psychological origins of the AIDS epidemic, written by an older gay man for the younger generation of gay men. I read it many years ago as a young gay man, at a time when I didn't know how to position myself with respect to so-called gay culture. I knew the gay scene was supposed to be a place for liberation, yet something held me back. Now I am glad I read Young's book because it showed me for the first time that a different kind of "scene" is possible, that there are intelligent, socially conscious gay men who envision a different kind of liberation, and not only for gay men. It is liberation from heterosexist repression, but also the repressive roles imposed on people by mainstream heteronormativity and gay culture alike.

Young analyses the social role of the gay man as a "walking sex act," so vehemently imposed on gay men by mainstream society, so naively embraced by gays themselves as the model of instant liberation. He shows how vapid hedonism shattered the radical promise of early Gay Liberation and made gays think they were safe and free when in truth they were only playing into the hands of the oppressive culture they believed they had left behind. The urban gay subculture of instant gratification that emerged, and its social and psychological fallout, is what Young refers to as the Stonewall experiment.

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