The End of Gay
(and the Death of Heterosexuality)Book - 1999
"The End of Gayis a tool to be used to redefine the role sex plays in our lives and in our sense of ourselves. ... It provides no conclusive evidence to breed absolute assurance. It demands introspection rather than providing definitive exposition. And it asks you to accept sex as one of the parts of life, along with love, leisure time, family, and friendship, that, if indulged expansively and intensively without boundaries set by anyone other than yourself, leads most directly to life's ultimate end, which is happiness." -- fromThe End of Gay Gay is a phase. Not something people go through in adolescence, but like feminism, a cultural, historical movement, on the way to something bigger. In this insightful and provocative book on sex at the end of an era, Bert Archer contends that the categories of human sexuality are more fluid than ever before. There has been plenty of discussion about the mainstreaming of gay -- from The Kinks' "Lola" to Calvin Klein to Ellen -- but little has been said about the effect it has had on how we all see ourselves. Archer suggests the declining relevance of gay identity spells the inevitable death of heterosexuality as well. Through the prism of his own sexual past and present, with a wide array of references to pop culture, literature, and history, Archer traces the rise and imminent fall of gay. Along the way, he cites historical examples of greater sexual liberation, embracing the lessons of those precedents as models for our own less inhibited times. Celebrating art that expresses love and passion unfettered by gender, Archer claims Shakespeare and Prince, Goethe and Madonna, as icons for a new more open age of sex. Stimulating, intelligent, engaging and entertaining,The End of Gayis a bold work that looks forward to the vast possibilities of love without labels.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Doubleday Canada, c1999.
Branch Call Number: 306.76 A671
Characteristics: viii, 310 p.