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The closet and the cul-de-sac : the politics of sexual privacy in Northern California /

Clayton Howard.

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Author: Howard, Clayton
Published: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2019]
Series: Politics and culture in modern America.
Topics: Privacy, Right of - California - History - 20th century. | Sexual rights - California - History - 20th century. | Gay rights - California - History - 20th century. | Suburbanites - California - Social conditions - History - 20th century.
Regions: California.
Genres: History.
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245 14|aThe closet and the cul-de-sac :|bthe politics of sexual privacy in Northern California /|cClayton Howard.
264 1|aPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania :|bUniversity of Pennsylvania Press,|c[2019]
300 |aviii, 378 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c24 cm.
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490 1 |aPolitics and culture in modern America
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 |aIntroduction: From the straight state to the culture wars -- Sex and the crowded city -- Public policy and the right to privacy -- Building better bedrooms -- Normative communities -- Policing and redeveloping the queer city -- Gay privacy policies -- A moderate revolution -- Gay rights, the Religious Right, and a moderate right to privacy -- Epilogue: Seeking the highest meaning.
520 |a"The right to privacy is a pivotal concept in the culture wars that have galvanized American politics for the past several decades. It has become a rallying point for political issues ranging from abortion to gay liberation to sex education. Yet this notion of privacy originated not only from legal arguments, nor solely from political movements on the left or the right, but instead from ambivalent moderates who valued both personal freedom and the preservation of social norms. In The closet and the cul-de-sac, Clayton Howard chronicles the rise of sexual privacy as a fulcrum of American cultural politics. Beginning in the 1940s, public officials pursued an agenda that both promoted heterosexuality and made sexual privacy one of the state's key promises to its citizens. The 1944 G.I. Bill, for example, excluded gay veterans and enfranchised married ones in its dispersal of housing benefits. At the same time, officials required secluded bedrooms in new suburban homes and created educational campaigns designed to teach children respect for parents' privacy. In the following decades, measures such as these helped to concentrate middle-class families in the suburbs and gay men and lesbians in cities. In the 1960s and 1970s, the gay rights movement invoked privacy to attack repressive antigay laws, while social conservatives criticized tolerance for LGBT people as an assault on their own privacy. Many self-identified moderates, however, used identical rhetoric to distance themselves from both the discriminatory language of the religious right and the perceived excesses of the gay freedom struggle. Using the Bay Area as a case study, Howard places these moderates at the center of postwar American politics and shows how the region's burgeoning suburbs reacted to increasing gay activism in San Francisco. The closet and the cul-de-sac offers specific examples of the ways in which government policies shaped many Americans' attitudes about sexuality and privacy and the ways in which citizens mobilized to reshape them"--Provided by publisher.
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