It's a rare and very readable book. Nice weaving of much of the sexuality studies and gender reading I've done in the past few years, as well as current events info on the Cristian right. Liberals are outraged by their beliefs, but fail to see that so much of their behavior springs from anxiety - that pounding out a message of diversity is unlikely to sway anyone who already fears that diversity has been thrust upon them. I liked both the content and form of the book. Arlene Stein seeks to understand why the town split as it did. Please go read this book! While it took a little while to read, Stein is informative and enlightening on the relationship between whiteness, masculinity, economics, "community," and sexuality. Stein also delicately locates herself within the project in ways that remind me how good research can be done. But they are still out there, either ensconced in their homophobia or swayable in the middle. Conservatives charged that gay rights were "special interests" and would undermine family, community, and nation; liberals argued that equality was the main issue; both sides duked it out in street protests, letters to the edi Timbertown, Oregon, has a small gay population, and no activist gay community. Shame on all authors who fall into that. It is a fantastic recent history that remains relevant in the s. There's a great deal in this book to ponder, from the use of Hitler analogies by both sides, to the limitations of a "rights" oriented movement. Yet in the early '90s, the issue of gay rights split the town in two when a ballot initiative asked the city council not to recognize gay individuals as possessing rights that needed protection. Her work is exhaustive, her interviews with city residents expansive, and her patience for listening to the foibles of either side seemingly limitless. Nice weaving of much of the sexuality studies and gender r An interesting look at a major crossroads between the conservative right and liberal left: That aside, however, i highly recommend Stein's book.