Cruising Culture by Ben Gove

By Ben Gove

Gove analyzes promiscuity inside of American homosexual tradition and the basis assumptions and contradictions that give a contribution to dominant understandings of promiscuous intercourse and hope. He demanding situations the normative dichotomy of "bad" homosexual male promiscuity and "good" heterosexual monogamy and offers a much wider evaluation of yank attitudes in the direction of sexual perform and wish. the writer attracts at the autobiographical fiction and memoirs of 3 influential authors from the early Nineteen Sixties onwards: John Rechy, Larry Kramer, and David Wojnarowicz, in addition to different queer serious, ancient, and fictional viewpoints to demonstrate the argument.

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69. 70. , pp. 79–80. Crimp, ‘How to have promiscuity’, p. 253. Quoted in Parkes, ‘Silences and secrets’, p. 56. Holleran, Ground Zero, p. 114. Berlant and Warner, ‘Sex in public’, p. 560. Freud, ‘General theory of the neuroses’, pp. 419–20. Of course, Freud is well aware of the constant overlap between these two realms throughout much of his writing. ‘Typical phantasy structures (intra-uterine existence, primal scene, castration, seduction) which psycho-analysis reveals to be responsible for the organisation of phantasy life, regardless of the personal experiences of different subjects,’ and which ‘have one trait in common: they are all related to the origins.

73. 1. 74. , p. 10. 75. , pp. 44–5. 76. Garber, ‘A spectacle in color’, p. 325. 77. , p. 322. 78. , pp. 322–3. Garber’s description of patrons being openly promiscuous, to the extent of watching one another have sex, suggests an even more polymorphous variation of the gay male bathhouse (alongside the more formalised prostitution that took place in the buffet flats). 79. Ibid, p. 327. Of course, Nugent’s prominent position in artistic/literary society made such erotic ostentation far easier, and even expected, particularly of a ‘Negro’ male.

Delany, The Motion of Light in Water, p. 354. ’ Here the distinction appears to be between ‘promiscuous sex’ with strangers (usually in public spaces) and ‘social sex’ with known partners, such as his wife and their live-in male lover. Earlier, however, Delany argues that his sexual encounters in the riverside trucks ‘with thirty-five, fifty, a hundred all-but-strangers . . [were] hugely ordered, highly social, attentive, silent, and grounded in a certain care, if not community’ (p. 202; emphasis added).

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