American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage delivers “powerful messages for both the head and heart” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the moment he began writing his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, Dan Savage has never been shy about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and health care. Among them:
- Why straight people should have straight “pride” parades, too
- Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is “still kinda evil”
- Why what passes for sex-ed in America is more like “sex dread”
- Why the Bible is “only as good and decent as the person reading it”
Speaking to a broad range of subjects with brutal honesty and irreverent humor, American Savage cements Dan Savage’s place as a provocative and insightful voice in American culture.
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the terms of their impending marriage: “On our life together I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any medieval code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly. If we can be honest I think the difficulties which arise may best be avoided should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else. Please let us not interfere with the other’s work or play, nor let the world see our private joys or disagreements.” I couldn’t have said it better
to have a key to this filing cabinet with the exception of conservative politicians, evangelical ministers, talk radio hosts, anti-gay bigots, and the rest of the GOP’s base. “Show me evidence,” says Herman Cain. “What does science show?” There’s an entire field of research focused on the science of sexual orientation. There’s even a great, big book on the subject published by Oxford University Press that has “science” in the title (Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual
adopting wasn’t gay. We had him figured for straight back when he was a trucks-and-guns-obsessed toddler, just as my parents suspected I might be gay back when I was a musical-theater-obsessed fifth grader. (Some guns-and-trucks-obsessed toddlers grow up to be gay, it should be noted, just as one or two musical-theater-obsessed fifth graders are rumored to have grown up to be straight. There are numerous confirmed cases of the former but none of the latter as of this writing.) And the older D.J.
rely on the discretion of your sex partners back then because they were relying on yours. It was the era of mutually assured destruction, both in terms of nuclear warfare and gay sex. Your partner couldn’t reveal your secret without revealing his own. Needless to say, a sex life infused with Cold War–style tensions didn’t lead to many healthy or lasting relationships. Today gay and bisexual men live openly, making the modern closet a much less crowded place. While all the best gay men used to