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"In our boastfully casual clothes, we now go about lives programmed for drabness, like stunted Pilgrims in a Protestant community devoid of libidinal expression. Our alibi? That fashion was once a harmful way of distinguishing the rich from the poor. That merchandising is part of the delirious Spectacle designed to keep us enslaved."--excerpt from "Fear of Fashion"

"When it comes to discussing outsider culture, academics have invented distanced cynical terms like 'performance' or 'transgression.' Giving voice to the reality of poverty in all its lustiness, energy, and degradation has become taboo, and it is actually considered a light to a poor person's integrity to tell the reality of his cultural experience."--excerpt from "Toward the New Degeneracy"



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Benderson, Bruce -- Anecdotes.
Gay men -- Sexual behavior -- Anecdotes.
Gay culture -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Alienation (Social psychology) -- United States -- Anecdotes.