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Contested Closets
By Larry Gross

Contested Closets

The Politics and Ethics of Outing

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Contested Closets by Larry Gross

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Despite the notoriety that followed the recent exposure of Malcolm Forbes and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, the issue of outing originally arose at the dawn of modern gay consciousness in the late 19th century. In "Contested Closets", Larry Gross historicizes, describes and analyzes the concept and practice of outing, placing it within the framework of the lesbian and gay movement over the past century, as well as showing how outing illuminates many ethical and conceptual issues at the heart of contemporary identity politics and journalistic practices. "Contested Closets" reveals how the advent of outing represents a sea change both in the consciousness of the lesbian and gay movement and in its relationships with mainstream and political institutions. The book includes an extensive collection of important press articles that provide original and hard-to-locate source material on this controversial topic. ""Contested Closets" is about secrets and the telling of secrets, about lies and the telling of lies. It is about the codes that bind some people to keep others' secrets, and the conventions that require some people to tell lies about others. And it is about the breaking of these codes and the violation of these conventions. It is about the deliberate revelation by lesbian and gay people of the hidden homosexuality of prominent people. It is also about the conflicting loyalties of journalists - mainstream and alternative, straight and gay - caught between the obligation to tell the truth as they know it (even if not the whole truth), and the rules of the game that protect the sexual secrets of celebrities and public officials. It is about the shifting boundaries between the public and private realms, and the dangers of building a political strategy on the narrow platform of the right to privacy. It is a book about outing. Gross is the editor of "Studying Visual Communication", co-editor of "Image Ethics", associate editor of "The international Encyclopedia of Communication", and co-editor of the "Between Men/Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies" book series. He is also co-chair of the Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Concerns of the International Communication Association.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816621798
ISBN-10: 0816621799
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Image Ethics by Larry Gross Image Ethics, Paperback (February 1991)

A collection of essays on the moral rights of the subjects of documentary film and television. It examines the conflicts between the subject's right to privacy, the public's right to know, and the film-maker's right as an artist.

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