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In this lively and surprising essay on the dangers of normalcy, Michael Warner sends a warning shot to the gay rights movement, which has cleaned up its image in order to blend in with the mainstream. Harvard University Press- Social Science - pages. Publishers Weekly noted that, though The Trouble with Normal engaged with a broad social context through its analysis of the Clinton affair, the degree to which Warner criticized the positions of gay advocates Kramer, Michelangelo Signorileand William Eskridge "positions his arguments as an intra-community fight and may limit his readership. Read more Read less. The second chapter argues that as well as being a limited goal, less urgent than the elimination of violence and discrimination against queer people, same-sex marriage actively causes negative consequences both for queer and straight people, because in validating a single, prescribed type of relationship it devalues and makes more difficult other kinds of interpersonal relationship. This page was last edited on 12 Januaryat The Trouble with Normal argues that same-sex marriage should not be the sole goal for gay rights activism; that gay activists should work toward equal benefits for domestic partners and unconventional families.

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Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century Americaestablished him as a leading scholar in Early American literature, print culture, and public sphere theory.

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His most recent work, Publics and Counterpublics is a collection of essays on the politics of communication in advanced capitalistic societies, or Habermasian public sphere theory. The Trouble With Normal argues that the gay rights struggle for marriage equality is a struggle for normalcy, and privacy. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The desire for marriage comes about in many of the same ways for gays and lesbians as it does for heterosexuals. In other projects Wikiquote.

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Read reviews that mention trouble with normal gay marriage gay and lesbian michael warner queer politics sex argument community important married public radical rights academic relationships straight activism debate focus. Views Read Edit View history. Queer theorist Judith Butlerwith whose idea of the necessarily transgressive nature of queerness Warner takes issue, called the book "brave and timely", applauding its analysis of sexual shame and noting that "one may not concur with every word, but everyone will attest to the power and necessity of the invaluable critical voice offered here. In this excellent book, Michael Warner explains how gay and lesbian activists are pursuing the wrong goal by advocating and working for the right to be legally married. Warner insisted that, on the contrary, queer people were ideally positioned to critique and challenge mainstream institutions and should not settle for mere tolerance. Contents The Ethics of Sexual Shame. Publicly funded [safer sex] campaigns [in the US] are scarce, vague, and ineffective.

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