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review Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall 100 ✓ A hybrid of true crime and social history that examines how popular culture the media and the psychological profession portrayed crimes against gay men in the years leading up to the Stonewall RiotsIn his A hybrid of true crime and social history that examines how popular culture the media and the psychological profession portrayed crimes against gay men in the years leading up to the Stonewall RiotsIn his skillful hybrid of true crime and cultural history James Polchin provides an important look at how popular culture the media and the psychological profession forcefully portrayed gay men as the perpetrators of the same violence they suffered He traces how the press depicted the murder of men by other men from the end of World War I to the Sto. A remarkable and disturbing look at the oppression of homosexuals from WWI through the 60s James Polchin did an amazing job gathering together the psychiatry journalism entertainment and true crime stories from the era He shows how they reinforced the rigid stereotypes fears and hatred that continue through today

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Newall era when gay men came to be seen as a class both historically victimized and increasingly visible Indecent Advances tells the story of how homosexuals were criminalized in the popular imagination from the sex panics of the 1930s to Kinsey study of male homosexuality of the 1940s and the Cold War panic of Communists and homosexuals in government Polchin illustrates the vital role crime stories played in circulating ideas of normalcy and deviancy and how those stories were used as tools to discriminate and harm the gay men who were observ. I am sorry to say it but this book was dull You would think that such a topic would elicit some kind of emotions but the book us written in such a sterile efficient style it comes across as someone just reading news articles

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Indecent Advances The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before StonewallErs and victims of crime More importantly Polchin shows how this discrimination was ultimately transformed by activists to help shape the burgeoning gay rights movement in the years leading up to Stonewall Riots of 1968A cast of noted public figures Leopold Loeb J Edgar Hoover Alfred Kinsey Jack Kerouac William Burroughs Patricia Highsmith James Baldwin and Gore Vidal is threaded through this complex subject Politicians law enforcement officials and psychologists weigh in to explain the dangerous relationship between homosexuality and violence. The only indecent thing about this book is how criminally boring it is