Instead Halperin, drawing upon the concept of abjection, provides an account of gay subjectivities that sees them formed in a relationship to social norms around sexuality (and in particular prohibitions on gay sex and constructions of gay men as pathological or deviant), and in so doing he demonstrates how gay subjectivities exceed these social norms, or more precisely, how gay men may choose to celebrate alternate visions of life, loss, love and community. Such an approach is vital in regard to any attempts at understanding what it is that gay men want (the central concern and title of Halperin's text), and indeed gain, from engaging with one another sexually, particularly when intercourse bridges divides of serostatus and social status (see Riggs, 2006, for more on this in regards to race privilege and seroconversion narratives).
Gay & Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008 BOOK REVIEW DAMIEN W. RIGGS David M.
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