By Jeffrey Escoffier
During this wide-ranging choice of his so much influential essays, Escoffier strains the emergence of a homosexual and lesbian political id over the past 4 a long time.
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The exploding cost of rearing children and family members' rising consumer expectations eventually rendered the < previous page page_46 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 family wage (based on the man's earnings) insufficient. The family needed a supplemental income to attain the new postwar standard of living. Although a woman's earnings were usually below even her own subsistence level, they were nevertheless high enough to affect the family's standard of living.
Queer theory presumes that we can overthrow all heterocentric norms and create a society without establishing new processes of normalization. 31 < previous page page_22 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 There are two ways in which lesbians and gay men are integrated into the mainstream. Probably the most common is that they individually work or live with the straight majority. They interact with heterosexuals who accept homosexuality to some degree.
The consumption ethos of the times, however, tended to undermine the repressive measures toward women and sexual minorities. In this period, a number of intellectuals critiqued sexual repression and its power to enforce norms of gender and sexuality. The works of these intellectuals helped to develop the sexual revolution's political identities. In the third moment, the gay liberation movement emerged in the wake of the women's movement. As the maledominated family declined and as women reacted to the sexism they discovered in the student movement and the New Left, they mobilized politically.