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Donna Minkowitz (born May 8, 1964)

Donna Minkowitz is a writer of creative nonfiction from Brooklyn, New York, United States. She became known for her coverage of gay and lesbian politics and culture in The Village Voice from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, for which she won a GLAAD Media Award.

In 1998, she published the memoir Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters With the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury (the Free Press ), which won a Lambda Literary Award. In that book, she went undercover with several anti-gay Christian Right groups including Focus on the Family and wrote about the surprising things she, a lesbian leftist, had in common with them.

Minkowitz has also written for such publications as Salon.com, The Nation, Ms. magazine, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, and The Advocate.

In 1999, she penned a controversial creative nonfiction piece for Salon.com about the Matthew Shepard murder, "Russell, Aaron and Me," that explored the emotions of his 21-year-old killers in terms of the terror of sex and intimacy.

As part of the preparation for Ferocious Romance, Minkowitz successfully disguised herself as a 16 year-old Christian evangelical boy to write about the Christian right men's group the Promise Keepers for Ms. Magazine in 1995. That article, in which she argued that the Promise Keepers movement was both good and bad for women and feminism, was widely read, and Minkowitz won an Exceptional Merit Media Award for the piece from the National Women's Political Caucus and Radcliffe College.

In 1995, Minkowitz also contributed an essay, "Giving It Up: Orgasm, Fear, and Femaleness" to the influential anthology To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, edited by Rebecca Walker.

In the decade beginning in the year 2000, Minkowitz underwent treatment for painful Repetitive Strain Injury in her arms and shoulders due to computer use, and began work on a book combining memoir and fantasy called The Marvelous Toy.

In the spring of 2011, she started a blog, Donna Minkowitz: Fantasy, Memoir, Food, Sex, Left, at donnaminkowitz.wordpress.com.

Minkowitz has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and numerous NPR programs.

She is famous for uncovering the Brandon Teena story, and her Village Voice article on the subject was said by director Kimberly Peirce to have been the original inspiration for the film "Boys Don't Cry."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Minkowitz

Further Readings:

Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury by Donna Minkowitz
Paperback: 175 pages
Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0965064573
ISBN-13: 978-0965064576
Amazon: Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury

In Ferocious Romance, Donna Minkowitz meets her worst enemies -- and discovers herself in the process.
On assignment for The Village Voice, Minkowitz reported on the religious groups of the far right. She went to a Christian Coalition convention disguised as a delegate, infiltrated the Promise Keepers (disguised as a man) for an award-winning article in Ms., and spent a week with a pastor who protests at the funerals of gay men who died of AIDS. But as this radical lesbian feminist went undercover and got to know her "subjects", she was startled to learn how much she had in common with the activists she feared and opposed.

As Minkowitz discovered parallels between the extremes of religious fundamentalism on the right and sexual liberation groups on the left, she began to explore the connections between love and hate, between victim and victimizer. The result is a personal story of one woman's battle with her inner demons -- and a startling overview of our contemporary wars of sex, religion, and gender.

Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity by Joshua Gamson
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0226280659
ISBN-13: 978-0226280653
Amazon: Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity

Using extensive interviews, hundreds of transcripts, focus-group discussions with viewers, and his own experiences as an audience member, Joshua Gamson argues that talk shows give much-needed, high-impact public visibility to sexual nonconformists while also exacerbating all sorts of political tensions among those becoming visible. With wit and passion, Freaks Talk Back illuminates the joys, dilemmas, and practicalities of media visibility.

Sexual Politics (Series on Law, Politics and Society) by Shannon Gilreath
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: University Of Akron Press (June 26, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1931968349
ISBN-13: 978-1931968348
Amazon: Sexual Politics

Contemporary and controversial, Shannon Gilreath's Sexual Politics is an important update to the continuing debate over the place of the gay person in American law, politics, and religion. Gilreath skillfully navigates a number of complex issues, including the delicate balance between sexual privacy and public equality, the entwining of religion and U.S. law and politics, and gay marriage. He offers astute academic observations and a depth of personal reflections to create an unmatched critique of the gay person in American society. Ultimately, Gilreath argues for the further emergence of gay and lesbian ethos of public attentiveness and the practice of "transformative politics," encompassing all those activities of the gay and lesbian person. Conversational and written with a compelling frankness, this book is vital for the serious legal and political student and the informed lay reader alike.

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