Gay-2-Zee: A Dictionary of Sex, Subtext, and the Sublime

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If you've ever wanted to know the origins of the gay meaning of the word "pansy," the slang term "Twink(ie)," or the phrase, "Mary, don't ask," then  girlfriend, you're in luck. Gay-2-Zee is the absolute go-to-guide (don't call us anything as dull as a dictionary) for all things said from a queer perspective. Lavishly illustrated in two-color throughout, Gay-2-Zee explores the gay dialect in twenty-six sections (one for each letter of the alphabet) with entries that include definitions, provenance and which section of the gay community is most likely to use the term.  Gay-2-Zee compellingly makes the case that language, especially a vernacular born out of secret, coded communication, can tell a provocative and enlightening tale of turmoil, compassion and fortitude of the history of homosexuals -- all done with plenty of laughs.

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Donald F. Reuter has served as creative/art director, designer, illustrator and author on a number of highly praised books including two New York Times bestsellers, Making Faces and Face Forward, both with the late makep artist Kevin Aucoin. He has also written, edited and designed the books Heartthrob, Shirtless and Gaydar. He lives in New York, NY.

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In this dictionary of gender and sexuality, Reuter defines words that are sexual, political, playful, hateful and everyday, all brought together under the umbrella of "queer vernacular" or "gayspeak." He does well to include a brief history of gay culture, from the formation of well-known gay communities in port cities (like San Francisco and New York) after WWII, when men and women in the service did not wish to return to their traditional, pre-war gender roles, up to today's "post-gay" era of assimilation, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the metrosexual. In a sentence demonstrative of Reuter's use of the vocabulary to illustrate cultural trends, he writes of the diverse gay community of the 1970s: "Queers were not just queens anymore. 'Effies' could be he-men. Homos were women, too, and fairies danced in a rainbow of colors." As Reuter calls himself a linguist in quotation marks, his project is akin to Judith Butler's linguistic discussions in queer theory and analyses of in-group construction, but simplified (some may say oversimplified) in this entertaining reference book.
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