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As her characteristically witty title suggests, in her new book Martha Gever "entertains" lesbians from a number of perspectives: she discusses lesbians in entertainment industries; she addresses how lesbians have entertained a variety of audiences, including lesbians; and she provides an overview of the ways popular culture has entertained the idea of lesbian celebrity since the early twentieth century. Her project, however, is to offer neither a "portrait gallery of lesbian celebrities" nor a "blanket characterization of the transformations of popular culture" that lesbian celebrity may have effected (p. 191). Instead, she is concerned with lesbian celebrities' "self-invention, which is intimately related to opportunities for self-display, as well as the continual monitoring and adjustment of self-image".
The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Contemporary Sociology, Vol 34/Issue 3, 2005, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2005, by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Contemporary Sociology page: http://csx.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Sender, K. (2005). Review of Martha Gever, Entertaining Lesbians: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Self-Invention. Contemporary Sociology, 34 (3), 273-274. https://doi.org/10.1177/009430610503400327
Date Posted: 24 April 2008