Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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"Not another polemic on the homosexual's 'plight' or 'liberation', this book strides across the entire range - the matrix - of homosexuality from its place in religion, biology and anthropology to its role in politics: local, nationa, international. The author provides extensive accoutns of homosexuality behind the scenes in the military, in espionage and in psychiatry. It is this breadth and depth of analysis that extends one's total understanding of the homosexual.
"The Homosexual Matrix cuts through a welter of conflicting data, and offers and extraordinarily flexible means of perceiving heterosexual as well as homosexual experience. As engaging in its specific details as in its larger design, the book includes scores of new revelations based on solid research:
* Why no form of psychotherapy can 'cure' homosexuality
* Why sexual interest fades as compatibility increases
* Why birth rates are high where homosexuality is high
* Why effeminate men are rarely submissive in sex
* Why friendship is the enemy of sex
* Which forms of promiscuity are prevalent in men, rare in equally promiscuous women and nonexistent among lesbians
(from the jacket)
Background / Biography:
"Tripp worked with Alfred Kinsey at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, Indiana from 1948 to 1956." (from short Wikipedia entry
"A remarkably persuasive attempt to destroy the many myths that have surrounded homosexuality." Newsweek
"Filled with a rich, complicated, absorbing sexuality, the kind we all live with . . . this is the best book on homosexuality I have ever read." Psychology Today
"Broadens our minds and explodes our misconceptions sky-high ." The New York Times
(from the cover)
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" Practical excuses for male bonding, real or contrived, are seldom lacking. Tribal peoples of every ilk explain to themselves and to visiting anthropologists that their men must affiliate to maintain high standards for the hunt or for various emergencies. Thus, their young men are admitted into the adult group only after they have been subjected to painful initiations whihch supposedly imbue them with the stoic fortitude they will need in their manly tasks. In our own society, colleges fraternities pretend connections between their initiations and various high aims - as do the Rotarians, Elks, Freemasons and dozens of other special or secret societies from the Rosicrucians to the Ku Klux Klan."
Chapter 4: "The Origins of Heterosexuality" p49
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