Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall

Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall

A skillful 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 Riots. In his skillful hybrid of true crime and cultural history, James Polchin provides an important look at how popular culture, the media, and the psychological profe A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines how popular culture, the media, and the psychological p...

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Title:Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall
Author:James Polchin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1640091890
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall Reviews

  • Celeste
    Aug 26, 2019
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  • Ron Turner
    Aug 07, 2019
    It peters out towards the end, but otherwise it's an interesting look at a forgotten world when homosexuality was criminalized and sensationalized. ...
  • Robert Sheard
    Sep 12, 2019
    Covering the fifty years from the end of World War I to the Stonewall protests in 1969, this is a history of how the media, the medical profession (psychiatry specifically), and the legal system handled cases of violence against queer men. It's a hugely important topic, given the rise ...
  • Scott Freeman
    Jan 17, 2019
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    Aug 05, 2019
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  • Michael Ritchie
    Sep 10, 2019
    (3-1/2 stars) The point the author makes here is interesting and important, about the way crimes against gay men were treated in the press, and how that accusation of "indecent advances" was used as an attempt to justify assault and murder. But much of the book is simply a presentation...
  • Corey Ledin-Bristol
    Jun 14, 2019
    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. ...
  • Carley Moore
    Jun 06, 2019
    A must read for lovers of American history, teachers, print scholars, and anyone who is queer or cares about queer people! Polchin uncovers a lost archive through a close-reading of newspaper accounts of violence against queer men in pre-Stonewall New York. The results are fascinati...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Aug 25, 2019
    Summary: This included some interesting information, but was dry and disjointed. This is a history of the way gay men were criminalized from the 1920s through the Stonewall Riots in 1968. It describes the many biases in the way crimes committed by or against gay men were portrayed i...
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    Jul 13, 2019
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  • Mark
    Aug 28, 2019
    An engrossing, well-researched look at true crime and prejudicial treatment of gay men in the decades leading up to Stonewall. I found this book incredibly interesting but also very disturbing. The term "indecent advances" was often used in earlier decades as a defense in court by murd...
  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    Oct 09, 2019
    Books like this make my heart hurt because these crimes are still being committed against the LBGTQIA+ community. Here?s the deal: God doesn?t make mistakes, so if someone is gay, that is how He intended them to live, the end. Review to come. ...
  • Tim
    Nov 05, 2019
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    Oct 04, 2019
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  • Leah
    Apr 09, 2019
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  • Marta
    Jun 15, 2019
    Before this book, I had not been too familiar with this part of US history, and it was interesting to read about through analysis of related news articles. The tone is meticulously researched, but that also means it feels academic - more like reading a textbook. A worthwhile read. ...
  • Vette
    Jul 29, 2019
    I really tried to read this book, but it was so dull. The writing wasn't engaging and it just felt like he was listing cases that could've been attacks on or by gay men but you have to read between the lines of the language at that particular time period. The author lists cases were no...
  • Bob Nadal
    Aug 18, 2019
    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 h...
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    Jul 01, 2019
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    Jun 16, 2019
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  • JefferyK
    Jul 15, 2019
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    Sep 19, 2019
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  • AJ Burgin
    May 17, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, and I do, to a certain extent. The central claim is solid, but it feels like a journal article that got teased out into a full-length book. There?s a lot of repetition and some pretty shallow analysis that sometimes loses the through-line. ...
  • Roy
    Jul 31, 2019
    I am Amazed in Polchin's dedication to telling queer history and including the crimes aganist gay men in a time where LGBTQ rights did not exist to right before stonewall. A must read for those who love history and true crime. ...
  • Rachel Brill
    Sep 28, 2019
    Interesting topic, kind of dull reading. Would have preferred deeper dives into fewer cases ...
  • Joseph Williams
    Aug 21, 2019
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  • John Behrens
    Jul 04, 2019
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  • One Sentence Reviews
    Jul 03, 2019
    With a surgeon?s precision, Polchin excises ?ripped from the headlines? stories of violence against gay men between the 1920s and 1960s, focusing heavily on the "what" but rarely the "why." ...
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    Sep 06, 2019
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  • Christophlaw80
    Nov 02, 2019
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