The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
"After more than a decade of "marriage" to a woman with whom she was raising a daughter, Jan Clausen fell in love with a man, stunning herself and the lesbian community to which she had been intimately connected. The experience was, she writes, "like deliberately embarking on a sea cruise off the edge of a flat Earth." In her luminous and affecting memoir, Clausen charts the trajectory of her sexual life - from her first kiss to her later loves - and offers a stinging critique of society's insistence on yoking identity to desire." "In the 1950s Pacific Northwest, Clausen grew up in a family in which premarital sex, swearing, and spicy foods were verboten. In the sixties, she embraced the heterosexual revolution, consorting with various adolescent Lotharios and failing miserably in her effort to become a topless dancer during a summer break from Reed College. But it was amid New York's dynamic lesbian milieu in the 1970s that she "crossed the pass of love" and fell for Leslie Kaplow, also a writer and activist. As a couple, they immersed themselves in the city's feminist literary scene and eventually launched their own magazine. In time, however, Clausen grew restless in her personal relationship and uneasy with what she calls People in Groups, those enforcers of ideological purity. She discovered sweet escape in Nicaragua, whose war-ravaged streets would provide the backdrop for her unpardonable act: falling in love with a West Indian male lawyer." "Apples and Oranges is a testament to the powers and perils of desire. It is also the story of one woman's mourning for the community that cast her out and a dazzling examination of the ways in which we all search for identity. Rejecting all efforts at sexual sorting, including the label "bisexual," for her own journey, Clausen arrives at an understanding whereby both likeness and difference emerge as deeply erotic."--Jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-210) and index.
1. The Basics -- 2. Self-Discovery -- Growing Up -- 3. Coming Out -- Going Public -- 4. Family and Children -- 5. Dating -- 6. Relationships and Marriage -- 7. Work -- 8. The Military -- 9. Where Gay and Lesbian People Live -- 10. Socializing and Friends -- 11. Religion -- 12. Discrimination and Antigay Violence -- 13. Sex -- 14. Mass Media -- 15. Sports -- 16. Education -- 17. Politics, Activism, and Gay and Lesbian Rights -- 18. AIDS -- 19. Aging -- 20. More Questions ...
In this honest, compassionate, and comprehensive resource, Eric Marcus answers a wide variety of questions relating to gays and lesbians, including:. What should you do if you think your child is gay or lesbian? In gay and lesbian relationships, who plays the husband and who plays the wife? How do gay and lesbian couples have sex? Have there always been gay and lesbian people?
Includes directories of lesbian and gay community centers and lesbian and gay organizations and resources.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Highlights and "lowlights" on North American lesbian and gay history from the sixteenth century to the present -- Don't I know you from somewhere?: a guide to notable North American lesbians -- Say what?: quotable quotes by and about lesbians -- I wonder what that means: a glossary of sayings, slang, signs, and symbols for lesbians -- We are (literally) everywhere: statistics on lesbians and gay men -- We have lives, not lifestyles: just about everything you wanted to know about lesbian lives -- An AIDS primer -- National directory of lesbian and gay community centers -- National directory of lesbian and gay organizations and resources.
1. Basic documents -- 2. The regulation of lesbian and gay sexuality -- 3. The regulation of lesbian and gay identity: coming out, speaking out, joining in -- 4. Lesbians and gay men in the workplace -- 5. Legal recognition of lesbian and gay relationships -- 6. Lesbian and gay parenting.
"As lesbians and gay men have intensified their fight for equal rights and recognition in American society over the past several decades, issues involving sexual orientation have been hotly contested in social, religious, ethical, legal, and political contexts. The law has proved a primary battleground, for it is the law that establishes the contours of sexuality itself and mediates social questions such as how "open" lesbians and gay men can be about their sexuality, where and under what conditions gay people can work, whether they can marry or adopt children, and so on." "In a fresh attempt to focus attention on this rapidly evolving field, William B. Rubenstein, the director of the ACLU's national Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, designed for Harvard Law School one of the first courses in the United States to examine both the history of the legal treatment of lesbians and gay men and the many current arenas in which related debates are raging. Rubenstein's anthology, Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Law is the first published casebook in this field." "Rubenstein places reported cases and other legal readings in a historical framework and complements the legal texts with selections ranging from fiction and poetry to psychology, sociology, theology, oral history, and journalism. Organized according to the life experience of lesbians and gay men, the book includes chapters entitled, "What we talk about when we talk about sexual orientation," "Having sex/making love," "Coming out/speaking out/joining in," "Working," "Coupling," and "Parenting."" "The result is a pathbreaking documentary reader and an essential sourcebook for anyone interested in gay and lesbian issues."--Jacket.