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Discuss Homosexuality in the Beat Generation

Summary: The "Beat Generation" of the 1950s challenged the traditional concepts of the masculine role in society. Beat writers, for the first time in American history, openly addressed taboo subjects such as homosexuality.
"In the age that coined the word "togetherness" as a synonym for family values, the Beats, each in his own style mounted the first open, sustained assault in American history on the masculine role as heterosexual spouse, father and grown-up provider. In the midst of the Cold War crusade against all deviations from the masculine norm, in the era that could almost be said to have invented the idea of classified information, they openly addressed homosexuality, bisexuality, and masturbation in their work, declassifying the secrets of the male body, making sexuality as complex as individual identity and pushing their chosen forms to new limits in the process" (Ann Douglas)

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At the end of the `Cold War', the early years of the 1950's represented all that was wholly good and traditional about family life. Women were homemakers...

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