Erotics and Politics: Gay Male Sexuality, Masculinity and by Tim Edwards

By Tim Edwards

Erotics and Politics offers an interface among the examine of sexuality (particularly homosexual male reviews) and gender (primarily feminism). In doing so it covers quite a lot of problems with crisis to homosexual and feminist routine over the last twenty 5 years together with homosexual liberational sexuality, sado-masochism, pornography, promiscuity, own relationships, AIDS and postmodernity. The imperative concentration of cognizance all through is the character, improvement and final result of homosexual male sexuality and masculinity. This publication is exclusive in its assurance of quite a lot of matters and connecting topics that are as a rule tested individually.

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She starts: Once upon a time I experienced my relationships with gay men as a paradigm of what ‘liberated relationships’ between women and men might be like. Now I find it difficult even to think of gay men without a groan, without thinking that in some respects they are more sexist, and certainly more phallocentric, than many heterosexual men. (Stanley, 1982:190) Liz Stanley suffered considerable disillusionment through her involvement with the Manchester CHE group, and primarily condemns gay men for what she perceives as phallocentric, pro-capitalist and hypocritical practices from the viewpoint of this experience.

This centred on the question of sexuality itself, seen as some form of political opposition per se, or only political as part of or in conjunction with some other form of more structural social, economic and political opposition. The latter standpoint was primarily derived from socialism and was voiced and practised through those already involved and active in socialist movements. The Gay Liberation Front did involve some socialist ideals, particularly at the level of opposition to the family. 13 Conflict over whether to create an alliance with the Left and if so how far and in what way to take it was a particular point of contradiction and, in practice, conflict erupted over the perception of gay culture itself, often seen as ghettoised and playing a part in consumer capitalism and exploitation.

Whilst some gay men may occupy privileged positions which may in turn oppress women this is not necessarily the case and they do so primarily at the expense of their sexuality as any gay man in any position who ‘comes out’ runs the risk of losing his male privileges of jobs, career, housing and so on. On top of this, gay men do not occupy the same socio-structural position as 42 EROTICS & POLITICS straight men in terms of social policy, taxation or insurance, as single gay men and gay male couples do not receive the same economic or social perks as single straight men or married couples.

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