Book reviews and commentary – What University of Michigan gay scholar David Halperin calls the “War on Sex” is generating more and more critical analysis. Read a review of this important book here: http://wapercyfoundation.org/?page_id=441
- Lillian Faderman’s new biography on gay pioneering activist and martyr Harvey Milk (Yale, 2018) offers surprising insights into his take on political tactics and matters of the heart.
- Veteran gay scholar Martin Duberman’s Has the Gay Movement Failed? (University of California, 2018) looks at the ways in which sexual identity movements have come up short despite winning victory after victory.
- What makes some social movements – with poor prospects when they begin – eventually triumph? Using the example of same-sex marriage, which faced obstacle after failure after setback in the U.S. until it finally won the day – David Cole, ACLU attorney, in Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed (New York: Basic Books, 2016) discusses the strategies and tactics that can help seemingly impossible causes gain traction. Read a review here.
- Was human prehistory a period of polyamory, of free and easy human sexuality? That’s the controversial premise of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships (New York: Harper Collins, 2010). Authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha muster the evidence for this view, which has implications for how we regard monogamy, parenthood, and youth sexuality today. Read a review here.