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Being Gay is Disgusting ; Or, God Likes the Smell of Burning Fat

Literal truth? Total rubbish? Have you read it? No? So how can you have any opinion about it? From Genesis to Deuteronomy, this book captures the essence of the Bible, chapter by chapter, in the most modern and inappropriate way possible.

Author : Edward Falzon

Release : 2010

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ISBN : 9789993115014

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This ironically titled book is an accurate-but-irreverent retelling of the Bible, from Creation through to the death of Moses, some 2,700 years. Its purpose is to make the Bible more readable and more entertaining to those who might not otherwise bother to read it. BLURB --------------------------- And God said to Moses, "Make a totally non-gay-looking apron for the high priest. I'm thinking gold weave, I'm thinking fine linen of rainbow-like colours, and give it a matching rainbow-like waistband with equal amounts of non-gay bling. "Speaking of bling, I want huge Onyx stones set in pure-gold filigree settings on the shoulder straps! Engrave the names of the sons of your great-great-great-granddaddy Israel on them. Then string gold chains between the two filigree settings! Lovely." - Exod 28:6-14 What do you think of the Bible? Literal truth? Total rubbish? Have you read it? No? So how can you have any opinion about a book that you haven't read? There's nothing wrong with having faith; but must people insist on blind faith? From Genesis to Deuteronomy, Being Gay is Disgusting captures the essence of the Bible in the most modern and inappropriate way possible. Creation, the Flood, Joseph's cool dreams, escape from Egypt and the long and surprisingly GRUESOME story of Moses. And won't it be nice to be able to have a semi-intelligent discussion about the Old Testament with your God-fearing friends! ---------------------------

To be a Gay Man

For young straight boys, the notion of being gay was disgusting, because those
young men were exploring their own sexuality, and needed to create and
maintain a clear duality between what they were and what they were not. If
someone ...

Author : Will Young

Release : 2020-09-03

Publisher : Random House

ISBN : 0753554267

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PART OF BBC2'S BOOK CLUB BETWEEN THE COVERS In To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy. We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Olivier-nominee, and the first winner of the Idol franchise. But his story began long before his first audition. Looking back on a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality, Will explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had. As Will's own story demonstrates, internalised shame in childhood increases the risk of developing low self-worth, and even self-disgust, leading to destructive behaviours in adult life. Will revisits the darkest extremes he has been to, sharing his vulnerabilities, his regrets, tracing his own navigation through it all and showing the way for others who might have felt alone in the same experience. Here you will find a friend, champion and mentor, breaking taboos with frank honesty, and offering invaluable practical advice on overcoming the difficult issues too often faced within the LGBTQ+ community.

From Disgust to Humanity

That's what one gay man told social psychologist Ritch SavinWilliams, whose
pathbreaking study of gay male ... I knew that others could sort of experience
what I was and I knew that other people would think of it as being disgusting.”2
This ...

Author : Martha C. Nussbaum

Release : 2010-02-18

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 9780199745975

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A distinguished professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago, a prolific writer and award-winning thinker, Martha Nussbaum stands as one of our foremost authorities on law, justice, freedom, morality, and emotion. In From Disgust to Humanity, Nussbaum aims her considerable intellectual firepower at the bulwark of opposition to gay equality: the politics of disgust. Nussbaum argues that disgust has long been among the fundamental motivations of those who are fighting for legal discrimination against lesbian and gay citizens. When confronted with same-sex acts and relationships, she writes, they experience "a deep aversion akin to that inspired by bodily wastes, slimy insects, and spoiled food--and then cite that very reaction to justify a range of legal restrictions, from sodomy laws to bans on same-sex marriage." Leon Kass, former head of President Bush's President's Council on Bioethics, even argues that this repugnance has an inherent "wisdom," steering us away from destructive choices. Nussbaum believes that the politics of disgust must be confronted directly, for it contradicts the basic principle of the equality of all citizens under the law. "It says that the mere fact that you happen to make me want to vomit is reason enough for me to treat you as a social pariah, denying you some of your most basic entitlements as a citizen." In its place she offers a "politics of humanity," based not merely on respect, but something akin to love, an uplifting imaginative engagement with others, an active effort to see the world from their perspectives, as fellow human beings. Combining rigorous analysis of the leading constitutional cases with philosophical reflection about underlying concepts of privacy, respect, discrimination, and liberty, Nussbaum discusses issues ranging from non-discrimination and same-sex marriage to "public sex." Recent landmark decisions suggest that the views of state and federal courts are shifting toward a humanity-centered vision, and Nussbaum's powerful arguments will undoubtedly advance that cause. Incisive, rigorous, and deeply humane, From Disgust to Humanity is a stunning contribution to Oxford's distinguished Inalienable Rights series.

Is Being Gay a Sin?: Homosexuality, God, Religion, and Love

They may even contemplate suicide out of disgust with themselves because they
are taught that society rejects homosexuals and most Christian churches teach
that homosexuality is a sin, even though gay people do nothing to bring this ...

Author : Juliet Jacky Hodge

Release : 2013-07

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ISBN : 1483402452

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If you learned one of your friends were gay, or you had to decide whether to let a gay person participate in your church, would you stop to ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" Juliet Jacky Hodge was forced to ask herself that question when she discovered she belonged to a Bible study group made up of homosexuals. Shocked and conflicted, Juliet went on a soul-searching journey to explore an issue that has torn apart families and divided religious communities. After balancing arguments about homosexuality, praying for insight, and remembering that only God can judge, Juliet came to several surprising conclusions. Is Being Gay a Sin? provides readers with much spiritual food for thought. Juliet reveals what God's Word says about homosexuality, and she analyzes issues of gay people being active in the church, gay marriage, and the belief that heterosexuality is somehow "better" than homosexuality. Her answers will surprise and enlighten.

Dark Feather

Being gay wasn't okay. Being a lesbian was disgusting; itwas somethingno one
should ever become. I stayedup till the early hours of the morning, shaking with
unshed tearsand knowing that my entire day would be ruined from lack ofsleep, ...

Author : Anna Bonde Hinke

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Publisher : America Star Books

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being told, by another boy, “put those breasts back in your bra.” The humiliation
so obvious in this example of hearing, “You're not a true guy–you're more of a girl
–you're disgusting to look at,” can be an omnipresent threat for the gay individual

Author : Susan Miller

Release : 2013-05-13

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1134910770

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Susan Miller, author of two foundational works on shame (The Shame Experience [TAP, 1985/1993pbk]; Shame in Context [TAP, 1996]), now turns to disgust, an intriguing emotion that has received little attention in the professional literature. For Miller, the psychological study of disgust revolves around boundary issues: We tend to feel disgusted about things (from bodily processes to decaying organic matter to ethnic attributes of "foreign" people) that lie on the border between our sense of self and nonself or between our sense of "good self" and "bad self." Miller's clinical and everyday examples of disgust lead her to explore the developmental grounding of the capacity to disgust, and this topic opens to consideration of the relation of the various sensory modalities to disgust reactions. Why, Miller asks, do we see disgusting images and smell disgusting smells but not hear disgusting sounds? And further, what makes sensory impressions or objects "disgusting" to certain people but not to others? Why do the images and smells of disease so frequently elicit disgust? And what is the relation of disgust to sex, procreation, and human intimacy? Laced with developmental insights and vivid illustrations of disgust-related syndromes, Disgust: The Gatekeeper Emotion incorporates cultural analysis that links disgust to images of illness and health, to family life, to group identity, and to artistic and scientific creativity. For Miller, the central disgust dialectic - the self's need to safeguard itself against noxious intrusions from without and simultaneously to nourish itself through contact with "otherness" - obtains whether the discourse concerns nature, nations, or noses. With her typically graceful and gracious prose, Miller puts disgust on the psychological map and thereby adds a chapter to our understanding of the role of emotion in therapy and in everyday life.

The High Priesthood of Being Gay

Or a disgusting gay matriarchy. Freedom must be stifled and controlled, just as
predestination is cemented in such Biblical injunctions as “Spare the rod and
spoil the child”; in a word, fear ofthe primal, explosive freedom of children. Or
Wipe ...

Author : James Hagerty

Release : 2012-06-18

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 1477113150

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The High Priesthood of Being gay is a labor of love over 12 years in the writing. It included numerous, often exhausting, edits for accuracy and truthfulness. Its a bold attempt to separate out Being and Nothingness in what it is to be gay. Both sacred and profane, emotional and intellectual, it will expand the readers thought processes and I hope ennoble him at the same time. Thats by showing the latent high priest deeply enshrined within.

Hiding from Humanity

Drawing on an extraordinarily rich variety of philosophical, psychological, and historical references--from Aristotle and Freud to Nazi ideas about purity--and on legal examples as diverse as the trials of Oscar Wilde and the Martha Stewart ...

Author : Martha C. Nussbaum

Release : 2009-01-10

Publisher : Princeton University Press

ISBN : 1400825946

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Should laws about sex and pornography be based on social conventions about what is disgusting? Should felons be required to display bumper stickers or wear T-shirts that announce their crimes? This powerful and elegantly written book, by one of America's most influential philosophers, presents a critique of the role that shame and disgust play in our individual and social lives and, in particular, in the law. Martha Nussbaum argues that we should be wary of these emotions because they are associated in troubling ways with a desire to hide from our humanity, embodying an unrealistic and sometimes pathological wish to be invulnerable. Nussbaum argues that the thought-content of disgust embodies "magical ideas of contamination, and impossible aspirations to purity that are just not in line with human life as we know it." She argues that disgust should never be the basis for criminalizing an act, or play either the aggravating or the mitigating role in criminal law it currently does. She writes that we should be similarly suspicious of what she calls "primitive shame," a shame "at the very fact of human imperfection," and she is harshly critical of the role that such shame plays in certain punishments. Drawing on an extraordinarily rich variety of philosophical, psychological, and historical references--from Aristotle and Freud to Nazi ideas about purity--and on legal examples as diverse as the trials of Oscar Wilde and the Martha Stewart insider trading case, this is a major work of legal and moral philosophy.

Up from Invisibility

When gay activists Michael Petrelis and Carl Goodman held a press conference
in May 1990 on the Capitol steps and read ... But, most critically, he pointed out, “
Signorile is saying that if being gay is not disgusting, is not awful, then why can't ...

Author : Larry Gross

Release : 2001-12-26

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 0231529325

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A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation toward a greater acknowledgment of diversity, does the emerging "visibility" of gay men and women do justice to the complexity and variety of their experience? Or is gay identity manipulated and contrived by media that are unwilling—and perhaps unable—to fully comprehend and honor it? While positive representations of gays and lesbians are a cautious step in the right direction, media expert Larry Gross argues that the entertainment and news media betray a lingering inability to break free from proscribed limitations in order to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. While noting major advances, like the opening of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore—the first gay bookstore in the country—or the rise of The Advocate from small newsletter to influential national paper, Gross takes the measure of somewhat more ambiguous milestones, like the first lesbian kiss on television or the first gay character in a newspaper comic strip.

Becoming Gay

He had spoken during the course of his long therapy of his disgust at
homosexual behavior and of his phobic concerns that he or a member of his
family could get AIDS from associating with gay men. Several times he wondered
whether I was ...

Author : Richard Isay

Release : 2010-11-17

Publisher : Vintage

ISBN : 9780307389770

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Now revised and updated for the 21st-century, Becoming Gay is the classic guide on how to accept one's homosexuality. By exploring the psychological development of gay men through personal case histories—including his own—Dr. Isay shows how disguising one's sexual identity can induce anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Individual chapters tackle acceptance in any stage or circumstance of life, whether it be adolescence, married-with-children, retirement age, or living with HIV and AIDS. Dr. Isay's insights provide invaluable support to gay men and will enliven families, friends, and therapists who want to better understand the process of coming out and help their loved ones or patients to embrace a positive gay identity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language and Gender

In doing so, he is attending to lack of authenticity: My parents, brother, and lil sis [
little sister] all consider being gay 'disgusting' so I maintained a girlfriend to mask
my true feelings. (Morrish and Sauntson 2007: 73) A person's family is generally

Author : Mary Talbot

Release : 2019-12-23

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1509530126

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Since its first publication in 1998, Mary Talbot’s Language and Gender has been a leading textbook, popular with students for its accessibility and with teachers for the range and depth it achieves in a single volume. This anticipated third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated for the era of #MeToo, genderqueer, Trump, and cyberhate. The book is organized into three parts. An introductory section provides grounding in early ‘classic' studies in the field. In the second section, Talbot examines language used by women and men in a variety of speech situations and genres. The last section considers the construction and performance of gender in discourse, reflecting the interest in mass media and popular culture found in recent research, as well as the preoccupation with social change that is central to Critical Discourse Analysis. Maintaining an emphasis on recent research, Talbot covers a range of approaches at an introductory level, lucidly presenting sometimes difficult and complex issues. Each chapter concludes with a list of recommended readings, enabling students to further their interests in various topics. Language and Gender will continue to be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates in linguistics, sociolinguistics, cultural and media studies, gender studies and communication studies.


She said, “Definitely in Puerto rico with the Pentecostal church, absolutely [being
gay] . . . was a disgusting thing and you are going to hell. and, a lot of the Baptist
churches that I went to—same message.” These messages impacted her at a ...

Author : Rachel Murr

Release : 2014-08-05

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1630874906

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As a freshman in college, Rachel Murr found herself trying to decide which campus social group to join: the gay and lesbian advocacy group or the campus Christian fellowship. She knew it couldn't be both. For the next fifteen years she held onto the belief that she couldn't be both gay and Christian. When the pain involved in trying not to be lesbian called for a change in theology, she came out to her evangelical church. Conflict ensued. Unnatural is a collection of stories--not only of the harm religiously-inspired negative messages about homosexuality inflict, but also of redemption. Rachel uses her own story as well as personal interviews with ten other queer women and one female-to-male transgender man to tell how they were judged, lectured, kicked out of homes and families, subjected to reparative therapies, and even assaulted. Some faced homelessness, depression, suicide attempts, and pervasive shame. Still, they fought to keep their faith alive. Each demonstrated an Unnatural ability to forgive, love, believe, advocate, and heal.

The Trials of Being a Black Gay Man

SOCIETY, BLACK RACE What was it about being a gay black man that seems to
be so wrong, not tolerated and disgusting in nature to black people? Sure one
could argue that the majority of society believes that homosexuality is a sin and ...

Author : B. L. Rose

Release : 2010-01

Publisher : Ben Rose

ISBN : 061534898X

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The Trials of Being a Black Gay Man's title speaks for the book itself. It's a testament that all gay men of any race can attest to as well as friends and family members of a gay individual. It tells the story and life of a young black gay man who after 21 years of living as a heterosexual, starts to discover the hidden and suppressed feelings that he has towards being attracted to the same sex--P. [4] of cover.

Sex, War, and "Sin"

Why then was the unnatural rite of circumcision required for every male? ...
However, the gay men and lesbian women of our time, and probably those of
ancient israel, do not share the disgust of the community, and obviously find
pleasure in ...

Author : James H, Gailey

Release : 2012-07-12

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1630874868

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An examination of the Hebrew Scriptures reveals the ethical situations in ancient Israel as a structural analysis, and exposes a covenantal triangle that features a dynamic of giving and receiving, taking and paying penalties, as a meme for human relationships. This can be applied to groups as well as individuals and is surprisingly applicable to life in the twenty-first century. Two senses of Law--natural scientific discoveries and the rules laid down by a divine creator--lead to frames for considering these covenantal relationships, and even the existence of Sin. Are we bound to obey the rules laid down by God, or may we decide what is best for us?

Gay Ideas

It is reporting something disgusting but true about an individual . ... he views
himself as properly , in the nature of things , disgusting for being gay — views his
very existence as being like the experience of accidentally but permanently
stepping ...

Author : Richard D. Mohr

Release : 1992

Publisher : Beacon Press (MA)


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Examines the moral dilemmas facing the gay community, presenting an ethical argument for outing, a critique of ACT UP, and a discussion of such issues as homophobia, repression, and democracy

Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures

A Bigger Splash was uncommonly explicit about homosexuality for the time and
was considered inspirational and revolutionary to some while disgusting to
others. Did Hockney worry that being so openly gay might have a detrimental
effect on ...

Author : George Haggerty

Release : 2013-11-05

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 113558513X

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Way It Is

It beat coming out and saying what they really thought—that they found gay
people disgusting and unacceptable because ... They were being portrayed more
realistically on television, states were passing all sorts of favorable legislation,
and ...

Author : Patrick Sanchez

Release : 2006-01-01

Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN : 075829073X

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Patrick Sanchez's wickedly funny debut novel, GIRLFRIENDS, shimmied off the shelves and brought him an instant legion of fans. Now, in THE WAY IT IS, he introduces three thirty-something roommates with insatiable appetites for life, love, and anything deep-fried in this delicious, delirious celebration of women whose hearts are as big as their hips. . . When The Chips Are Down, These Girls Bring The Dip Livin' large has never gotten Ruby Waters what she wants in life. Overweight and addicted to every fad diet on the planet, Ruby's sure that the only thing that stands between her and the good life are those extra pounds she can't seem to shed. But when a girl's stuck caring for an annoying ex-husband, an impossibly critical mother, and the world's most psychotic, incontinent Chihuahua, her best friend is a dozen doughnuts and a can of whipped topping. She'll starve herself tomorrow, and soon, she just might have the courage to go after what she really wants. . .the hunky coworker with the bod of steel. . . Fat is where it's at, honey. That's plus-sized model Wanda Johnson's motto. The larger-than-life African-American goddess may top the scales, but there are plenty of men begging for her phone number. The only thing standing between Wanda and fashion fame is another model who wants what Wanda has and would do anything--that's anything--to get it. . . Simone Reyes, D.C.'s most famous Latina, certainly goes after what she wants--and it's usually ripped with muscles and under thirty. As the city's sexiest anchorwoman, the glamorous, svelte Simone doesn't have time to mess with commitment. She's too focused on making it all the way to the top. . .while protecting a secret that could blow the lid off her whole fraudulent life. . . In the nation's capitol, where the drinks are cold and so is the competition, these three roomies are joining forces, battling their way through a maze of Chubby Chaser web sites, scam diet centers, outrageous fantasies, romantic entanglements, power shopping, and plus-size fashion shows. . .because when life throws you a few curves, it's best to show them off! Patrick Sanchez is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been a professional writer for several years. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is also the author of Girlfriends, and is currently working on his next novel.

The Work of a Gay College Chaplain

Author : Gary David Comstock

Release : 2001

Publisher : Routledge


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Teach multicultural awareness from preschool to graduate school! Blending personal experience, theoretical discussions, in-depth research, and practical exercises, The Work of a Gay College Chaplain traces one man's odyssey from effeminate boy to openly gay college chaplain, a journey that led him from a loving childhood through repressed sexuality, gay bars, Union Theological Seminary, and positions teaching preschool children, prisoners, and college students. In all these situations, he discovered that the key to nurturing individuals is discovering and supplying what they need, not imposing on them conventional ideas of what they should do. The practical application of that philosophy is the heart of this book. It crosses conventional and academic boundaries in its courageous exploration of what it means to be a gay man, a Christian, a teacher, a parent, a minister. Instead of focusing on the problems and victimization of gay and lesbian people, The Work of a Gay College Chaplain celebrates the unique perspectives that gay people can offer to straight people. This genuinely multicultural book shares specific ideas, exercises, and techniques for crossing boundaries and understanding widely divergent points of view, including: parenting techniques for rearing children whose tastes and needs are very different from those of their immediate families designing a preschool curriculum that avoids imposing inappropriate cultural expectations of gender and orientation writing methods that help clarify issues of identity and self-expression developing a theoretical and practical model for relating to people whose experience is different from our own creating worship services that work for people of many faiths People of any age, culture, religion, ethnicity, or orientation can benefit from the process of learning from differences taught in The Work of a Gay College Chaplain.Gay College Chaplain celebrates the unique perspectives that gay people can offer to straight people. This genuinely multicultural book shares specific ideas, exercises, and techniques for crossing boundaries and understanding widely divergent points of view, including: parenting techniques for rearing children whose tastes and needs are very different from those of their immediate families designing a preschool curriculum that avoids imposing inappropriate cultural expectations of gender and orientation writing methods that help clarify issues of identity and self-expression developing a theoretical and practical model for relating to people whose experience is different from our own creating worship services that work for people of many faiths People of any age, culture, religion, ethnicity, or orientation can benefit from the process of learning from differences taught in The Work of a Gay College Chaplain.ain.

Fat Gay Men

Every summer, Girth & Mirth holds a reunion together with other big men's clubs,
allowing big gay men a safe and supportive environment in which ... big gay men
experience is one of being perceived as “disgusting” and “sexually repulsive.

Author : Jason Whitesel

Release : 2014-07-25

Publisher : NYU Press

ISBN : 0814744397

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To be fat in a thin-obsessed gay culture can be difficult. Despite affectionate in-group monikers for big gay men–chubs, bears, cubs–the anti-fat stigma that persists in American culture at large still haunts these individuals who often exist at the margins of gay communities. In Fat Gay Men, Jason Whitesel delves into the world of Girth & Mirth, a nationally known social club dedicated to big gay men, illuminating the ways in which these men form identities and community in the face of adversity. In existence for over forty years, the club has long been a refuge and ‘safe space’ for such men. Both a partial insider as a gay man and an outsider to Girth & Mirth, Whitesel offers an insider’s critique of the gay movement, questioning whether the social consequences of the failure to be height-weight proportionate should be so extreme in the gay community. This book documents performances at club events and examines how participants use allusion and campy-queer behavior to reconfigure and reclaim their sullied body images, focusing on the numerous tensions of marginalization and dignity that big gay men experience and how they negotiate these tensions via their membership to a size-positive group. Based on ethnographic interviews and in-depth field notes from more than 100 events at bar nights, café klatches, restaurants, potlucks, holiday bashes, pool parties, movie nights, and weekend retreats, the book explores the woundedness that comes from being relegated to an inferior position in gay hierarchies, and yet celebrates how some gay men can reposition the shame of fat stigma through carnival, camp, and play. A compelling and rich narrative, Fat Gay Men provides a rare glimpse into an unexplored dimension of weight and body image in American culture.

The Moral Arc

overturn the 2009 decision, explained their reasoning: “If homosexuality is to be
made legal, then let everyone be a ... support the “gay propaganda” ban; 35
percent think being gay is a disease, and 43 percent think it's a disgusting habit.

Author : Michael Shermer

Release : 2015-01-20

Publisher : Henry Holt and Company

ISBN : 0805096930

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Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.