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Houston Voice, No. 999, December 17, 1999 - File 019. 1999-12-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/223/show/208.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 999, December 17, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 17, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 18 OUT ON THE BAYOU DECEMBER 17, 1999 • HOUSTON VOICE Out In Print BOOK NEWS Men caught in the patriarchy, too byJAYVANASCO Ever since her book "Backlash," feminist Susan Faludi has been plagued with a question: Why don't men abolish the patriarchy that is keeping women down? The answer Faludi has come up with after six years of research is detailed in STIFFED! THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN MAN—men can't abolish the patriarchy because they're trapped by it, too. Faludi interviewed dozens of men on the fringe and in the loop, from the editor of Details to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, from Promise Keepers leader Bill McCartney to the abusive boys of the Citadel. She asked them about religion, entertainment, work, family and recreation. She was expecting a diversity of viewpoints, a collection of travesties of individual circumstance. But every question she asked seemed to have the same answer—men act the way they do because their World War II fathers made them a promise that they would be useful and instead, men of the post-war generations find themselves caught up in an media-driven society "drained of context." Faludi's most startling theory is that men today are locked in the same box as housewives before Betty I'riedan: Their lives are out of their control. They are downsized, their societal utility is devalued, they are left to be nothing more than a pretty body to sell a product. Yet they are deeply invested in learning to "act like a man." But being a man in the 1990s, Faludi says, is different from being a man prior to World War II. Back then, she says, they didn't need to "be masculine; they were seeking something worthwhile to do. Their sense of their own manhood flowed out of their utility in society, not the other way around. Conceiving of masculinity as something to be turns manliness into a detachable entity, at which point it instantly becomes ornamental, and about as innately 'masculine' as false eyelashes are inherently 'feminine.'" Faludi spends some time talking about ornamentation in gay male culture. She sees the Stonewall-era drag queens as the true heroes of the gay movement, noting that they dressed as women both to wink at the strict gender rules of society and to identify with the oppression that women felt under male domination. She mourns those days. Though Faludi lauds gay male mobilization around the AIDS crisis as a "monumental social movement" that has generated "in this homophobic nation a wellspring of admiration Books Make Great Gifts! The Sixties by Richard Avedon & Doon Arfous Photographer Avedon's famous portraits and journalist Arbus' compelling interviews combine for a remarkable journey through the tumultuous decade $75.00; $60.00 with IQ Not For Ourselves Alone by Geoffrey C. 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Based on the riveting PBS documentary, this handsomely illustrated book celebrates the history of the de facto world capital $60.00; $48.00 with IQ American Visions by Robert Hughes Now in paperback, the Australian-bom art critic Hughes has produced a massive "love letter to America": a 350-year history of art in the US. $39.95; $35.96 with IQ rr\A\ Crossroads Market vU V|) Bookstore & Cafe WWW.ECLIKT.COM/Crossroads.htm 1111 Westheimer Road, Houston 713-942-0147 and respect" and masculinized gay men in the eyes of America, she believes the gay movement has sold out. Gay men have lost their subversiveness, she says, in favor of Ikea. "Shopping has been redefined as a form of activism," Faludi says. Gay men have submitted to the corporate culture in order to have designer couches. Additionally, she worries about gay men who wear their hair like Marines and who have enveloped themselves in the leather scene. This "aggressively macho pose," she fears, is an obsessive search for masculinity. In other words, gay men—who originally escaped the trap of the masculinity crisis through the sarcasm of camp—fell prey to the very "culturally dictated masculinity" that tyrannized and betrayed them. Faludi could probably write a book on gay male culture—and she should. The short pages on the gay movement are some of the most interesting in the book. Still, Faludi is interesting throughout, drawing us deep into the individual lives of men so that 660 pages whiz by It gets a little tiring, though, to read anecdote after anecdote of man-as-victim. Aren't there any empowered men out there? You begin to wonder how representative her chosen men are. And, sifting through 11 chapters of individual stories you might well wish for a little less amusing detail and a little more heavyweight theory. You can not help but ask a question that reflects Faludi's own: If men are not the problem, and women are not the problem, then who exactly is controlling the culture that we're all imprisoned in? If Faludi can't answer that one in her next tome, maybe we'll need to turn somewhere else—like the "X-Files." I Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Male By Susan Faludi William Morrow & Co., $27 What your neighbors are reading . . . 1 Best of the Superstars 2000 edited by John Patrick, $11.95 2 Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley, $21,95 3 Way to Go, Smith by Bob Smith, $24 4 Murder Undercover by Claire McNab, $11.95 5 Every Time We Say Goodbye by Jane Maiman, $11.95 6 Let Nothing You Dismay by Mark O'Donnell, $12 7 7th Heaven by Kate Calloway, $11.95 8 Innuendo by R.D. 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