Esther Newton is a cultural anthropologist who helped to establish the field of LGBTQ studies and who conducted the first major anthropological study of a gay community in the US. A founding member of Purchase College, she taught there for 35 years, in addition to teaching at University of Paris VII, and the University of Michigan. She has authored three previous books, Mother camp: female impersonators in America (1972); Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty years in America’s first gay and lesbian town (1993); and Margaret Mead made me gay: personal essays, public ideas (2000).
Portrait of a Middle-Class Butch Academic
Alexis Clements reviews Esther Newton’s “My Butch Career,” a memoir of the early life and career of an important pioneer in the field of LGBTQ Studies....