By Ben Gove

Gove analyzes promiscuity inside American homosexual tradition and the basis assumptions and contradictions that give a contribution to dominant understandings of promiscuous intercourse and hope. He demanding situations the normative dichotomy of "bad" homosexual male promiscuity and "good" heterosexual monogamy and offers a much wider assessment of yank attitudes in the direction of sexual perform and hope. the writer attracts at the autobiographical fiction and memoirs of 3 influential authors from the early Sixties onwards: John Rechy, Larry Kramer, and David Wojnarowicz, in addition to different queer severe, ancient, and fictional viewpoints to demonstrate the argument.

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Unless specifically stated, then, I do not use ‘queer’ to signify a progressive or ‘cutting edge’ political stance, but more as a form of abbreviation. 20 CRUISING CULTURE Like many others, I believe that the familiar use of ‘gay community’ tends to have misleadingly ‘cosy, togetherness connotations. ’63 However, the general preference for ‘subculture’ is also, I think increasingly, unhelpful. In the process of trying to describe prevalent ways of categorising culture, and marginalised spaces of resistance, it still ends up invoking overly vague, inaccurate cultural hierarchies.

However, as so often in the history of marginalised groups, with an increasingly integrated gay public presence came increasing dominant cultural surveillance and intolerance. Chauncey remarks that: The very growth and visibility of the gay subculture during the Prohibition years of the 1920s and early 1930s precipitated a powerful cultural reaction in the 1930s. 82 The postwar years continued this trend. 84 In many cases, these encounters (and often, the homophobic responses to them) also encouraged men to develop some tentative, or even forthright, sense of homosexual identity in relation to their sexual activity.

18. Straight to Hell, p. 1. 19. ‘Promiscuous’ entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. 20. Ibid. 21. Ibid. 22. Schofield, Promiscuity, p. 17. 36 CRUISING CULTURE 23. Rubin, ‘Thinking sex’, p. 280. 24. , pp. 280–1. The imprecision of the term ‘public sex’ to describe sex encounters in parks, public toilets and similar spaces is well illustrated by a fascinating news item reported in a 1994 issue of London’s Pink Paper: ‘A New York judge has ruled that bushes in a public park do not constitute a public place.

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