Judge Not; a straight woman's view of the gay life
by Jeannette (Jeannette Kennedy Warnken)
Binghamton NY: Vail-Ballou Press, Inc.. Near Fine. (c.1983). Unstated edition. Softcover. [minor curling to front cover, slight dog-earing at top right corner of front cover, inked notation about its being a "review copy" on the first inside page]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "Take a glimpse inside the gay world -- not through the eyes of another gay, but by a straight woman whom they accept and make privy to their lives and confidences. [Ooooh!] What are the probable causes of homosexuality? Have you ever wondered what a gay bar is like? What is a nellie, diesel dyke, flaming faggot or queen?" The author's bona fides included membership in "the Professional Advisory Council, and organization for professional gays" [?], but just so you know that she's not, you know, "that way" herself, she was also "married to a dentist [and] they have two grown children and a fifteen-year-old granddaughter who lives with them." Sorry, I don't mean to mock this book or its author. It's clearly well-intentioned and supportive of the gay community -- but at the same time, it's a kind of throwback to a time when it was thought necessary to publish a book in which a "normal" woman "straightsplains" homosexuality to her presumably unenlightened readership. The author was clearly drawing from her personal knowledge and connections -- several chapters present interviews with individuals (names changed, of course) -- and topics covered in individual chapters include: "Debunking the Myths"; "Butches"; "Fag Hags"; "Married Gays"; "Transvestites, Transsexuals and Bisexuals"; and "Drugs and Diseases." The last-named chapter is, in retrospect, perhaps the most poignant: because this book was published not long after the AIDS scourge had began to enter the mainstream cultural consciousness, it is only touched on in passing, with the author's focus being much more on intravenous drug use and venereal disease. Quite scarce; an OCLC search turns up a mere two library copies worldwide. . (Inventory #: 23275)
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