suzannawalters-sqSuzanna Danuta Walters has written and lectured extensively on sexuality, popular culture, and feminism and is currently Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of several books, including All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America and Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory.

 

Books by Professor Walters


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The Tolerance Trap

How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality

New York University Press

From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing.

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All the Rage

The Story of Gay Visibility in America

University of Chicago Press

From the public outing of Ellen DeGeneres and the success of Will and Grace to the vicious murder of Matthew Shepard, recent years have seen gay lives and images move onto the center stage of American public life. In this incisive and authoritative guide to the new gay visibility, Suzanna Danuta Walters argues that we now live in a time when gays are seen, but not necessarily known.

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Material Girls

Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory

University of California Press

Madonna, Murphy Brown, Thelma and Louise: These much-discussed media icons are the starting points of Suzanna Walter’s brilliant, much-needed introduction to feminist cultural theory. Accessible yet theoretically sophisticated, up-to-date and entertaining, Material Girls acquaints readers with the major theories, debates, and concepts in this new and exciting field.

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Lives Together/Worlds Apart

Mothers and Daughters in Popular Culture

University of California Press

In a discussion of popular media ranging from themes of maternal martyrdom to maternal malevolence, Walters shows that since World War II, mainstream culture has generally represented the mother/daughter relationship as one of never-ending conflict and thus promoted an “ideology of separation” as necessary to the daughter’s emancipation and maturity.

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