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                                    CHAPTER 15

                                REQUIRED READING

                               Gender Identity in Drummer
                            A (Descriptive) Masculine Alternative
                            to the (Prescriptive) Sissy Stereotype
                           The Gender War and Homomasculinity

                •  Apartheid and Segregation: Politically Correct LGBT
                    Terrorists Kill Gay Liberation
                •  Are there Leather “Nazis”? Richard Goldstein, “S&M:
                    The Dark Side of Gay Liberation,” Village Voice, July 7,
                •  Homomasculinity: Philip Nobile, “The Meaning of Gay:
                    An Interview with Dr. C. A. Tripp,” New York Magazine,
                    June 25, 1979: “50% of all young boys eroticize male
                    attributes....90% of homosexuals show no effeminacy.”
                •  Robert Mapplethorpe, Urvashi Vaid, and a Gender Fight
                    for The Advocate cover, “Person of the Year”
                •  Gender Satire: The Red Queen Arthur Evans versus

                “Gay men are guardians of the masculine impulse. To have anony-
                mous sex in a dark alleyway is to pay homage to the dream of male
                freedom. The unknown stranger is a wandering pagan god. The
                altar, as in pre-history, is anywhere you kneel.”
                         —Camille Paglia, Sex, Art, and Culture: Essays,
                    “Homosexuality at the Fin de Siecle,” p. 25, Vintage, 1992

             During the Titanic 1970s before the iceberg of HIV, I kept on my home
             desk a copy of the shocking anti-leather feature article that gay journalist,
             Richard Goldstein, wrote for the Village Voice, July 7, 1975, when Drummer,
             first published June 20, was only seventeen days old.
                I was acutely aware of the gay vanilla villains trashing leatherfolk in the
             separatist gender war of butch and femme. In fact, to bridge the empathy gap

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