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During this wide-ranging choice of his such a lot influential essays, Escoffier strains the emergence of a homosexual and lesbian political identification during the last 4 a long time.
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Male population had had at least one homosexual experience to orgasm between adolescence and old age. The data also seemed to suggest that many adults were neither permanently nor exclusively homosexual or heterosexual but evidenced a fluid continuum of sexual behavior. Kinsey measured this fluidity along the Kinsey scale of heterosexual to homosexual behavior and fantasy, ranging from o (exclusively heterosexual) through 6 (exclusively homosexual). 17 < previous page page_40 If you like this book, buy it!
The ''ethnic model" of homosexual identity emerged when lesbians and gay men had accumulated enough political and economic resources to contend with other interest groups. In the 1980s, lesbian and gay male communities entered a new period in relation to the homosexual identity developed in the 1970s. Both lesbians and gay men have created a network of institutions that reaches outside their shared sexual preferences; in addition, they have adopted norms of conduct that guide their members, and they have a small degree of power in American society.
Urvashi Vaid, among others, represents an opposing perspective. " 27 Mainstreaming, Vaid believes, can only deliver "virtual equality"a simulacrum of equality that lacks the real benefits. 28 Since Stonewall, homosexuals have drawn on the model of politics used by waves of urban blacks and immigrants to shape their communities' political strategies. Queer theorists have challenged this "ethnic model"or identity politics, as it has come to be knownas reductive (overly simplifying the homosexual < previous page page_21 If you like this book, buy it!