The way we were: Remembering the gay seventies

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Abstract

By the time I started having sex with men, the 1970s were almost over. At first my experiences were infrequent and ill choreographed, but by the time I was a college sophomore, I was more fluent in the codes and conventions of gay sex. Some of that fluency came with experience, but my most crucial education came from books, beginning with Andrew Holleran’s 1978 novel, Dancer From the Dance. As I devoured that tale of urban sexual revolution, even in rural Massachusetts I began to appreciate the “gayness” of the music, sexual customs, and above all storytelling styles that were, by the late 1970s, becoming regular props in our dances, parties, and meetings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Seventies
Subtitle of host publicationThe Age of Glitter in Popular Culture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages205-223
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781136690617
ISBN (Print)0415925347, 9780415925341
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Castiglia, C. (2013). The way we were: Remembering the gay seventies. In The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture (pp. 205-223). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315023021-18