Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind

Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

Book - 2009
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A groundbreaking book which explores the family as the first place where all people - straight, gay and bisexual - learn homophobia. Written in the tradition of Susan Brownmiller's Against Our Will, which reconceptualised rape and transformed it from a private problem into an internationally recognised cultural crisis, Schulman uncovers the hidden crime of familial homophobia and exposes it for social and political scrutiny illustrating how societal homophobia is rooted in the family but reaches into all levels of social interaction, including how gay people treat each other.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2009
ISBN: 9781595584809
Branch Call Number: 306.76608 Sc
Description: xiii, 171 pages ; 20 cm


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Feb 23, 2013

This is an incredibly potent book for any open-minded reader. It points out flaws with society's inability to accept minorities, focusing specifically on gay women.

The book goes in depth with how homophobia is treated in society and how little care is actually attributed to making anything better. It gives true to life examples of situations that are usually ignored by non-homosexual people.

It has some very good ideas on how to approach these problems and comes right down to how to deal with homophobia within the family setting.

The only complaint I have, is that the book fails to acknowledge single parents and more isolated families, like single children.


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