Browsing: The Body Modified

July – August, 2011

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An Obscene Diary: The Visual World of Sam Steward Edited by Justin Spring Elysium Press/Antinous Press 320 pages (illustrated), $150. READERS of Justin Spring’s recent biography, Secret Historian: The…More

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CRYSTAL WAS WORRIED that she had male orgasms. So she came in to the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Clinic three years ago for a consultation with a phalanx of specialists: a urologist, a geneticist, an endocrinologist, and me, the psychiatric consultant.

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THIS CHARMING NOVEL follows a diverse group of Americans on their summer travels in Naples. The cast comes from all walks of life, including a tour group of older gay men “and their admirers” …

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THE ANNALS of gay history are littered with examples of men in the public eye who have successfully hidden their gay lives from view. … Eugen Sandow was, for a short time, an exception to the rule. He was internationally known as the apotheosis of male beauty and the most perfectly formed man on the planet. Little remembered today, Sandow was the father of modern bodybuilding-and, for a short time at least, he was open about his sexuality

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BY IT’S VERY TITLE- The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures-we know that Tony Kushner, wunderkind extraordinaire, is presenting a play dense with ideas and extravagant language. Kushner does not shy away from these charges, which have also been applied to his outsize masterpiece Angels in America.

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PUBLIC TOILET SIGNS are changing, and the gendering of elimination is now subject to discussion and debate. This became obvious to me when an older male professor at York University in Toronto, Canada, stared nervously at the new gender neutral sign on the bathroom door in the student center. …

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ONE OF THE PURPOSES of the Immigration and Nationality Act is to unite families. Consistent with that aim, Immigration has allowed gay U.S. citizen couples to adopt foreign children for the last eighteen years and, since 2005, has granted post-operative transsexual binational married couples the same recognition and treatment currently enjoyed by traditional binational married and engaged couples. Nonetheless, same-sex binational couples still do not enjoy the same immigration benefits shared by opposite-sex counterparts

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IT WASN’T until my fifties, after trying out the whole supermarket of therapies out there-psychoanalysis, group therapy, Reichian therapy, the Alexander Technique, Rolfing, bio-energetics, primal therapy-that I finally clicked with yoga.

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Understanding eating disorders within the gay community requires examination on multiple fronts. Personal stories need to be told. Research needs to be put into perspective. The facts need to be absorbed into the larger context of gay identity.

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