Heterosexism Revisited

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 495–496. Reviews the book, Homosexuality by Charles W. Socarides (1978). Homosexuality seeks to be a compendium of psychoanalytic knowledge about male and female homosexuality and to present a definitive theory of homosexuality. The book contains virtually all of the earlier material and cases with minor modification. Although the author's work may be criticized for its use of only clinical samples as the source of information, the most significant limitation is that homosexuality is entirely foreign and alien to the conceptual framework the author uses. The author is frequently accurate in the individual observations of his disturbed patients, but unfortunately his interpretation of them resembles the missionary's interpretation of heathen behavior. The most important function of the book is to call attention to the limitations, contradictions, misinterpretations, and misconceptions about homosexuality. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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