Canadian Scholars’ Press
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2012 queerly canadian cvr
550 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
September 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304007
eBook ISBN: 9781551305172
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Overview

In this remarkable and comprehensive anthology, many of Canada's leading sexuality studies scholars examine the fundamental role that sexuality has played — and continues to play — in the building of our nation, and in our national narratives, myths, and anxieties about Canadian identity.

Covering both historical and contemporary perspectives on law and criminal justice, organizing and resistance, health and medicine, labour, education, marriage and family, sport, popular and youth culture, and visual media, these essays also integrate marginalities such as race, class, and gender. This massive interdisciplinary collection is essential for the Canadian sexuality studies classroom, and for anyone interested in the mythologies and realities of queer life in Canada.

Features:

  • explores the role of the state in regulating sexuality and constructing citizenship as well activist strategies of resistance
  • offers a unique Canadian perspective on queer history and politics, discussing topics such as RCMP surveillance, abuse in residential schools, and the “problem” of Canadian identity
  • adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with contributors from the fields of gender and sexuality studies, sociology, history, criminology, political science, cultural studies, health studies, and education, as well as chapters by professionals, artists, and activists


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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE: THINKING QUEERLY ABOUT IDENTITY, COMMUNITY, AND NATION

1. On the Myths of Sexual Orientation: Field Notes from the Personal, Pedagogical, and Historical Discourses of Identity, Margot Francis

2. Outside in Black Studies: Reading from a Queer Place in the Diaspora, Rinaldo Walcott

3. Our Bodies Are Not Ourselves: Tranny Guys and the Racialized Class Politics of Incoherence, Jean Bobby Noble

PART TWO: THE STATE, THE LAW, AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

4. The Regulation of First Nations Sexuality, Martin Cannon

5. The Canadian Cold War on Queers: Sexual Regulation and Resistance, Gary Kinsman

6. Unknowable Bodies, Unthinkable Sexualities: Lesbian and Transgender Legal Invisibility in the Toronto Women's Bathhouse Raid, Sara Lamble

7. Faith, Politics, and the Transformation of Canada, Tom Warner

PART THREE: ORGANIZING AND RESISTANCE

8. Identity and Opportunity: The Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement, Miriam Smith

9. Like Apples & Oranges: Lesbian Feminist Responses to the Politics of The Body Politic, Becki Ross

PART FOUR: HEALTH, MEDICINE, AND THE EXPERTS

10. On the Case of the Case: The Emergence of the Homosexual as a Case History in Early-Twentieth-Century Ontario, Steven Maynard

11. The Criminal Sexual Psychopath: Sex, Psychiatry, and the Law at Mid-Century, Elise Chenier

12. Continental Drift: The Imaging of AIDS, Richard Fung and Tim McCaskell

13. Emergence of a Poz Sexual Culture: Accounting for "Barebacking" among Gay Men, Barry Adam

PART FIVE: WORK

14. From Modern Babylon to a City upon a Hill: The Toronto Social Survey Commission of 1915 and the Search for Sexual Order in the City, Carolyn Strange

15. We Are Family: Labour Responds to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Workers, Gerald Hunt and Jonathan Eaton

16. Reframing Prostitution as Work, Deborah Brock

17. Taking It Off, Putting It On: Women in the Strip Trade, Chris Bruckert

PART SIX: EDUCATION

18. Gay and Out in Secondary School: One Youth's Story, John Guiney Yallop

19. Canadian School Lethargy, David Rayside

20. Sexing the Teacher: Voyeuristic Pleasure in the Amy Gehring Sex Panic, Sheila Cavanagh

PART SEVEN: MARRIAGE, PARENTING, AND THE FAMILY

21. "That Repulsive Abnormal Creature I Heard Of in That Book": Lesbians and Families in Ontario, 1920-1965, Karen Duder

22. Heterosexuality Goes Public: The Postwar Honeymoon, Karen Dubinsky

23. A New Entity in the History of Sexuality: The Respectable Same Sex Couple, Mariana Valverde

24. Queer Parenting in Canada in the 21st Century: Issues, Debates, and Controversies, Rachel Epstein

PART EIGHT: SPORT

25. Sport and the Homoerotic Paradox, Brian Pronger

26. Transsexual Bodies at the Olympics: The International Olympic Committee's Policy on Transsexual Athletes at the 2004 Athens Summer Games, Sheila Cavanagh and Heather Sykes

27. Consuming Compassion: AIDS, Figure Skating, and Canadian Identity, Samantha King

PART NINE: MEDIA, POPULAR CULTURE, AND YOUTH CULTURE

28. The "Blood Libel" and the Spectator's Eye in Norwich and Toronto, David Townsend

29. Queering "Pervert City": A Queer Reading of the Swift Current Hockey Scandal, Debra Shogan

30. Beyond Image Content: Examining Transsexuals' Access to the Media, Viviane Namaste

31. Queer as Citizens, Brenda Cossman

32. FOBS, Banana Boy, and the Gay Pretenders: Queer Youth Navigate Sex, "Race," and Nation in Toronto, Canada, Andil Gosine

PART TEN: VISUAL CULTURES

33. The "Hottentot Venus" in Canada: Modernism, Censorship, and the Racial Limits of Female Sexuality, Charmaine Nelson

34. Porn Wars and Other Hysteries, Kiss & Tell

35. Forbidden Love, or Queering the National Film Board of Canada, Thomas Waugh

36. The Noble Savage Was a Drag Queen: Hybridity and Transformation in Kent Monkman's Performance and Visual Art Interventions, Kerry Swanson

About the Authors

Maureen FitzGerald

Maureen FitzGerald is former director of the Sexual Diversity Studies Undergraduate Program at University of Toronto. A former editor at Women's Press, she has also taught for 30 years in the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto.

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Scott Rayter

Scott Rayter is the Associate Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches in the Department of English.


Reviews

"Remarkably engaged with generational, racial, ethnic, and gender heterogeneity, this reader interrogates all the contours of queer life. Queerly Canadian is vital for any library, scholar, [or] student."
—  Paisley Currah, Brooklyn College, City University of New York