Amazons the Forgotten Tribe tells the secrets of sexual attractions and the truth about being gay. This nonfiction book is a HETEROSEXUAL'S JOURNEY into the gay and lesbian world to understand sexuality in all its complexity, and, surprisingly, simplicity.
Includes twelve personal stories, the author's journal, a TIME LINE social and legal history of homosexuality and the prejudice against it. The biology and genetics of sexuality, the BIBLE and sexuality, and more. Eleven charming full-page ink drawings by Chris Briscoe illustrate the stories. Includes a GLOSSARY of the vocabulary of the gay community. Why are men fascinated with Amazons? Do they exist? What does a man want in a woman? Why are heterosexual men attracted to lesbians? Learn about the mysterious relationships between the sexes -- heterosexuals and homosexuals. What is it like to find out you're married to a gay man? How many sexes are there? Read about GENDERBLENDS. Lesbian women and gay men tell their stories: how they discovered their sexuality and their private lives and feelings. Meet the tough CEO of her own company, the ex-Mother Superior, the grandmother, Sally who's painfully in the closet, and Ted who finds true love after a disastrous year. This book tells the real causes of homosexuality (not your relationship with your father) and the pain of being without a family. Understand your lesbian daughters and gay sons. A new look at the Bible and homosexuality. We all relate to each other sexually we need to understand the truth about sexuality. All your questions answered. Mattson asks the questions you want to ask. This positive and objective book has been enthusiastically received by both heterosexual and homosexual readers, clergy, and the full age-spectrum of readers from teenagers to people in their nineties.
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Martha Mattson grew up in western Michigan and received an M.A. in literature from the University of Michigan in 1968. She lives in Southern California. Illustrator Chris Briscoe lives in Malibu, California, and talented 22-year-old cover artist and designer Andrew Gill lives in San Diego, California.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From the Preface: Men have an extreme attraction/fear response to lesbians. They fear the lesbian's lack of female submissive (read that sexual) behavior around them and the idea she'll sexually reject them. They are mesmerized by the idea that the ultimate proof of their sexual power would be to give a lesbian such "amazing" sex that she becomes "converted." The ultimate stud. A bar tale bar none. (Except, it never happens. One is born with his or her sexuality.) Men's need for sexual conquest is probably their dominant trait. A woman priest friend of mine in Santa Fe said, with a sigh, that she's discovered in her counseling that men find it hard to keep their pants on, a sign she thought that their social development was still close to primitive urges (see the Discovery channel.) An intellectual debate in the thirties was whether men's primary drive was for power (money) or sex. The answer was sex. And reading the newspaper this July, 1997, with about six prominent men involved in sex scandals, that does seem true. Careers in jeopardy over what seems thoughtless sexual involvement. So men relate sexually to women, looking for dominance. That relationship is void with lesbians, leaving men confused.
For centuries the "proof" given by scholars (men) that Amazons cannot exist is that women could not build a civilization and govern it. Women are too weak and too inferior to build a society without men's help they say. So, do women who can live without men exist or not? I became interested in the Amazon myths in the summer of 1993 when I met a community of women who live in an insular community without men. Many have been warriors (in the military), some wear men's clothes and do "men's" work. I found them two valleys to the north in (where else?) California.
One woman, the CEO of her own multi-million dollar company, says she has to wear men's clothes. "Otherwise they wouldn't take me seriously at the Pentagon," she laughs. Others say they wear men's clothing for comfort. "I never wear pantyhose." The tiniest and most fragile one drives a city bus. Others are lipsticked and high-heeled. The most feminine one, always in silk and jewels, was the Mother Superior of a monastic order.
They are lesbian women -- born not made -- and they're not to be feared. Men, they don't want to replace you, they want to join you. Those who are masculine-oriented are the best friends you'll ever have, in the boardroom, on a Harley, for sports, tall stories, and action movies. And they're not sexual competition for you -- you may look at the same women, but you won't get the same women. (You'll get the heterosexual women, they'll get the lesbian women.) The feminine-oriented ones, soft and perfumed, may prefer to live with a woman, but they enjoy the company of men.
These lesbian women shared their inner lives with me and I found them amazing. Relationships between the sexes are complex -- especially when you take into account that there are more than two sexes. Come with me on my journey into modern myths -- about lesbian women, gay men, homosexuality and heterosexuality -- myths and reality about sexuality.
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