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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Out of the Closets, into the Woods: the Post-Stonewall Emergence of Queer Anti-Urbanism

Out of the Closets, into the Woods: the Post-Stonewall Emergence of Queer Anti-Urbanism

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(p.254) Chapter 15 Out of the Closets, into the Woods: the Post-Stonewall Emergence of Queer Anti-Urbanism
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West of Center
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Scott Herring

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.003.0015

RFD quarterly (once referred to as “Rural Fairy Digest”) was one of the first queer journals to extend the non-normative intersectional politics of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) to nonmetropolitan U.S. audiences. This chapter extends recent historical scholarship on 1970s lesbian and gay US print cultures to analyze the anti-urban politics of RFD’s early stylistics. It offers an aesthetic archaeology of what one initial contributor, Donald Engstrom, later termed RFD’s “separatist fag community,” and what one historian of regional US cultures, James T. Sears, sees as the quarterly’s “anarcho-effeminism.” Extending their findings, the chapter explores how a particular version of gay male urbanity began to reprint itself as a normalizing print style in 1970s glossy magazines, and how RFD, alongside rural feminist journal Country Women, responded to this historical packaging with oppositional stylistics of its own.

Keywords:   RFD, queer journals, Gay Liberation Front, lesbians, gays, print culture, anti-urban politics

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