The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation

The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation

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Shannon Gilreath
Cambridge University Press, 9/19/2011
EAN 9781107004597, ISBN10: 1107004594

Hardcover, 320 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Rooted in the politics and theories of early gay liberation and radical feminism, Shannon Gilreath's The End of Straight Supremacy presents a cohesive theory of gay life under straight domination. Beginning with a critique of formal equality law, centering on the 'like-straight' demands of liberal equality theory as highlighted in Lawrence v. Texas, Gilreath moves to criticize the gay movement itself, challenging the assimilation politics behind the movement's blithe acceptance of discrimination in the guise of free speech and pornography in the name of sexual liberation, as well as same-sex marriage and transsexuality as tools of straight hegemony. Ultimately, Gilreath rejects both the liberal demand for gay erasure in exchange for meager legal progress and the gay establishment agenda. In The End of Straight Supremacy, Gilreath calls gays and their allies to the difficult task of rethinking what liberation and equality really mean.

1. The metaethics of gay liberation
Part I. Equality and Making Meaning
2. Law/morality
thoughts on morality, equality, and caste
3. Law/power
the appropriation of gay identity in Lawrence v. Texas - and the substantive alternative
Part II. Equality, Sexuality, and Expression
4. Speech/hate propaganda
a comment on Harper v. Poway Unified School District
5. Pornography/death
the problem of gay pornography in a straight supremacist system
Part III. Millennial Equality
A Primer on Gay Liberation in the Twenty-First Century
6. Gay/straight
the binary ontology of the gay marriage debate
7. Knowledge/power
reversing the heteroarchal reversals of religion, marriage, and caste
8. Trans/sex
transsexualism, patriarchal ontology, and postmodern praxis
9. Epilogue
flaming, but not burning.