Review: Queer Wars by Dennis Altman and Jonathan Symons

 Series: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: Why…?

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: rape mention, abuse mention, homophobia

Description: The claim that “LGBT rights are human rights” encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance to ‘LGBT rights’ to cast themselves as defenders of traditional values against neo-colonial interference and moral corruption.

Queer Wars explores the growing international polarisation over sexual rights, and the creative responses this is prompting among social movements and activists, some of whom face murder, imprisonment or rape because of their perceived sexuality or gender expression.

Drawing on international relations, anthropology, cultural studies and the burgeoning literature of the global LGBT movement, this book asks why homosexuality has become so vexed an issue between and within nations, and how we can best advocate for change. It argues that western activists must listen carefully and support local movements, rather than trumpet a universal ‘gay rights agenda’ that risks endangering those it seeks to empower.

Dennis Altman is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University
Jonathan Symons is Lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University

Review: I’m really happy I didn’t have to read this book for university. If I had to… getting information out of it would have been so much work.

To me the information was rather superficial (I expected more than an overview) and really, well, messy. Let’s take AIDS for example. It is mentioned in so many chapters and then suddenly it gets its own chapter. I would have liked it more if the book would have been sorted either chronologically or themed or country orientated. But not everything everywhere together.

If you want to get an overview, this might be the book for you.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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