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Community News, No.11, August 1975 - File 006. 1975-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 12, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1939/show/1935.

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(1975-08). Community News, No.11, August 1975 - File 006. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1939/show/1935

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Title Community News, No.11, August 1975
Publisher AURA
Date August 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript ^ ► ^ A Review of Laura /. Hobson's CONSENTING ADULT By Scott Stebelman Hobson, Laura Z. City, New York 1975. anting Adult. Garden Doubleday & Company, With the publication of Gentleman's Agreement, a novel exposing the ubiquity and vicious- ness of anti-semitism in America, Laura Z. Hob- son established herself as an uncompromising opponent of prejudice. That was in 1946, when America had just defeated "fascist" Germany and the irony of our own discriminatory practices at home was inescapable. Three decades later she is still angry, still disquieted by the internecine effects of bigotry, only the bigotry she now attacks is sexual rather than religious. Her new novel, Consenting Adult, is a novel of pain, of a pain so deep that none of the characters can talk about it. When 17 year old Jeff Lynn discloses his homosexuality to his family, his mother's first feelings are that of an animal "gored," wounded vicariously as she believes her son to be wounded, yet rejecting of the "it" within him. The father, a liberal publisher who abhors prejudice in the abstract, compares the son's homosexuality to "an earthquake, a hurricane, any natural catastrophe," and avoids seeing or talking to him for several months, as does the older brother, Don. Family communication, low before the disclosure, ends with it. This lack of communication creates a literary problem for Ms. Hobson. Because none of the characters talk to one another, stasis results and what we feel, unmercifully, for nearly 200 pages, is disappointment and frustration. The point-of-view throughout is essentially that of the mother, but she is a weak character who eschews conflict. For example, whenever she questions Jeff about his welfare or his feelings, he accuses her of "digging," which ends her questions and any meaningful interaction the two might have had. She is so eager not to step on toes -her son's, her husband's, the psychoanalysts' Jeff goes to-that she remains inert and pathetic throughout most of the book. Even her marriage with Ken is lackluster: he is impotent (which illuminates, to a certain extent, his homophobia), and his earlier stroke prevents stressful situations with her. The author wants to show growth in the mother, but because the main character is so weak it can only be done through a deus ex machina. a plot contrivance tnat essentially falls flat. Dr. Waldo, the family doctor, calls her into his office one day and reveals that a number of psychiatrists no longer see homosexuality as a sickness; and with that utterance the mother is freed of her anxiety and can now totally accept her son and his lifestyle. The fact that it is others who decide for her how she is to perceive her son never dawns on the mother. What if psychiatrists next year vote gays sick again? Will her previous fears and suspicions return? Her failure to resolve the problem internally and decisively makes her sudden conversion questionable. It is unfortunate that the reader never gets Jeff's side of the story, never sees how he lives his everyday life after he comes out, how he relates to other homosexuals and what fears con tinue to plague him. But then, as the publisher's blurb notes, this novel is "unique" because it focuses on the parents' feelings rather than the child's. Nothing is wrong with such a strategy; what dooms the novel, however, is that those feelings are never made dramatically presentable. SUPPORT FROM WOMEN (Corpus Christi) Among resolutions passed by delegates to the Texas Women's Political Caucus meeting in Corpus Christi July 15-17 was one calling for support of efforts to repeal laws against homosexuality on both state and national levels. ^BAILEY ST. MMHEREHOUSE ^ Open 2 pm - 2 am Drag Show Every Fri. & Sat. Night T 335-0232 Bailey Street Wherehouse, First Annual Picnic atQueens Points, 1:00 PM, Sunday, August31 FREE BEER AND FOOD ^ 259 Bailey. Ft.Worth J Community News / August 1975 / 5
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