Boystown : Sex And Community In Chicago - Orne, Jason

Boystown : Sex And Community In Chicago

Jason Orne

Yayınevi: Chicago University Press

Yayın tarihi: 01/2017

ISBN: 9780226413396

İngilizce | 280 Sayfa | 15,24x22,61x1,78 cm.

Tür: Toplumsal Cinsiyetler

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From neighborhoods as big as Chelsea or the Castro, to places only as big as the a club like The Shamrock in Madison or Sidewinders in Albuquerque, gay areas are becoming normal. Straight people flood in. Gay people flee out. Analysts call this transformation assimilation.” Some argue that weall of us, gay and straight alikeare becoming Post-Gay.” Jason Orne thinks otherwise. His closely detailed, and exceedingly lively, look at Chicago’s Boystown stands in for gayborhoods around America, places where differences are created and celebrated, not assimilated, and he shows you up close (and at times, very personal) that in gay clubs around America, an alternative culture flourishes: it’s a queer culture that celebrates sex. This book takes us into the night, with Jason (and his partner, Austin) as your tour guide, where sex (at least in the spirit of the night) functions as a vital center, an antidote to assimilation. The dark backrooms of raunchy clubs (like Lucky Horseshoe) contrast with the gay Disneyland aura of Cocktail, both on Halsted street, the one with go-go boys at Horseshoe exhibiting sleeze, the boys at Cocktail exhibiting Chippendale’s buff masculinity. Orne documents sexy communities where people hook up, forging what he calls naked intimacy”; this contrasts with the genteel clubs, often patronized by straight white women on safari,” where becoming normal means becoming white. The queer sex lessons of the night encourage diversity, by contrast. Orne spent three years doing fieldwork in Boystown, searching for ways to ask new questions about the connective power of sex. Like all good ethnographies, there are plenty of colorful characters, and different kinds of gay male groups (leather men, white queers, poz’ guys, Latino and black, the plastics,” or upperclass white men). And there are some excellent photographs of Halsted street, outside and in clubs. Boystown is written in creative nonfiction style; it will hold your attention.

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