1st Edition

Gay People, Sex, and the Media

By Michelle Wolf, Alfred Kielwasser Copyright 1991
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    Here is a provocative book that examines precisely how and why mass communication has an impact upon the sexual realities of our lives. Written in response to a demand for information that cuts across many of the boundaries found in more traditional books on sexuality and mass communication, Gay People, Sex, and the Media covers a broad range of sexual identity, socialization, and mass communication issues and represents a variety of theoretical and methodological orientations. Although the chapters are diverse, they all focus on how the mass media--television, radio, films, newspapers, magazines, and recorded music--contribute significantly to the very definitions we form of ourselves and of each other. In part, this informative volume discusses and analyzes several concerns regarding minority perspectives in the context of the the study of mass media content and effects; analyzes mediated information about AIDS and highlights the responsibility of the mass media to disseminate more accurate information; addresses the relationships between mass media content (primarily television) and sexual socialization; explores issues confronted by individuals whose sexual orientations are generally perceived as falling out of the mainstream; and provides a selective bibliography of print, aural, and visual resources on gay men, lesbians, and the mass media. Unique in contrast to other books of research on human sexuality and mass communication, Gay People, Sex, and the Media gives more than a passing reference to issues concerning sexual identity and gay and lesbian concerns.

    Scholars and students of human sexuality, especially those who wish to explore their field from a communications perspective, will find this to be a valuable book. It is also useful to communications researchers and teachers, particularly those studying mediated communications in society, media ethics, and sex and the media. Finally, for professionals involved in creating or monitoring media content or forging public policy and community action programs in response to these issues, this volume serves as an essential sourcebook.

    Contents Preface
    • I. Introduction
    • The Body Electric: Human Sexuality and Mass Media
    • II. Gays, Lesbians, and Popular Culture
    • Out of the Mainstream: Sexual Minorities and the Mass Media
    • III. AIDS and the Mass Media
    • Sensationalism or Sensitivity: Use of Words in Stories on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by Associated Press Videotext
    • The Important Role of Mass Media in the Diffusion of Accurate Information About AIDS
    • IV. Research on Adolescent Sexual Socialization
    • Television Viewing and Adolescents’ Sexual Behavior
    • Television Viewing and Early Initiation of Sexual Intercourse: Is There a Link?
    • V. Interpreting Content/Constructing Meaning
    • Sex and Genre on Prime Time
    • Dr. Ruth Westheimer: Upsetting the Normalcy of the Late-Night Talk Show
    • Of Mice and Men: An Introduction to Mouseology, or Anal Eroticism and Disney
    • The Magazine of a Sadomasochism Club: The Tie That Binds
    • The Gay Voice in Popular Music: A Social Value Model Analysis of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
    • VI. Sexual Minorities and Communication Law
    • Lesbian and Gay Rights as a Free Speech Issue: A Review of Relevant Caselaw
    • VII. Bibliography
    • Gays, Lesbians, and the Media: A Selected Bibliography
    • VIII. Illustrations


    Edited by Michelle A. Wolf, PhD. Alfred P. Kielwasser, MA