Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago

Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago Author Jason Orne
ISBN-10 022641339X
ISBN-13 9780226413396
Year 2017-01-20
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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From neighborhoods as large as Chelsea or the Castro to locales limited to a single club like The Shamrock in Madison or Sidewinders in Albuquerque gay areas are becoming normal Straight people flood in Gay people flee out Scholars call this transformation assimilation and some argue that wegay and straight alikeare becoming post gay Jason Orne argues that rather than post gay America is becoming post queer losing the radical lessons of sex In Boystown Orne takes readers on a detailed lively journey through Chicagos Boystown which serves as a model for gayborhoods around the country The neighborhood he argues has become an entertainment districta gay Disneylandwhere people get lost in the magic of the night and where straight white women can go on safari In their original form though gayborhoods like this one dont celebrate differences they create them By fostering a space outside the mainstream gay spaces allow people to develop an alternative culturea queer culture that celebrates sex Orne spent three years doing fieldwork in Boystown searching for ways to ask new questions about the connective power of sex and about what it means to be not just gay but queer The result is the striking Boystown illustrated throughout with street photography by Dylan Stuckey In the dark backrooms of raunchy clubs where bachelorettes wouldnt dare tread people are hooking up and forging naked intimacy Orne is your tour guide to the real Boystown then where sex functions as a vital center and an antidote to assimilation

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