Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet: Lesbian and Gay Displacement

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byCheshire Calhoun

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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet is about placing sexual orientation politics within feminist theorizing. It is also about defining the central political issues confronting lesbians and gay men. The book brings the study of lesbians from the margins of feminist theory tothe center by critiquing the analytic frameworks employed within feminist theory that renders invisible lesbians' difference from heterosexual women. This book also outlines the basic features of lesbian and gay subordination by exploring the differences between heterosexual dominance and gender andrace relations. Throughout, Calhoun aims to re-center lesbian and gay politics away from concerns with sexual regulations and toward concern with the displacement of gays and lesbians from the public sphere of visible citizenship and from the private sphere of romance, marriage, and family.

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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet is about placing sexual orientation politics within feminist theorizing. It is also about defining the central political issues confronting lesbians and gay men. The book brings the study of lesbians from the margins of feminist theory tothe center by critiquing the analytic framewor...

Cheshire Calhoun is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Acting Chair, University of Louisville.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199257663

ISBN - 13:9780199257669

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Centering Sexual Orientation Politics2. Separating Lesbian Theory from Feminist Theory3. The Gender Closet4. The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination5. Defending Marriage6. Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men and Family's Outlaws

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`In this book, Cheshire Calhoun, one of the pre-eminent ethical theorists of our day, turns her careful, creative and analytical mind to a set of questions concerning lesbian and gay rights. Calhoun boldly challenges several central and widely-accepted theoretical and practical claims, mostsignificantly, the applicability of feminist theory to theorizing lesbians and gay men and their social and legal positions and struggles. 'Professor Edward Stein, Cardozo School of Law