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Editorial Reviews Product Description Dan Woog, who has examined the intersections of sexual orientation and societal expectation in athletics (Jocks) and education (School's Out), applies his sharp, empathetic skills to profiles of gay men who work in what might traditionally be thought of as "straight jobs." The sometimes liberating, sometimes frightening, sometimes tragic experiences of gay men working as loggers, Wall Street traders, police officers, news anchors, firefighters and many others are spotlighted in a thought-provoking manner that reveals important truths about what makes society work.

About the Author Dan Woog is a journalist, educator, soccer coach, and gay activist. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. He is a contributing writer for The Advocate magazine. He is the author of 11 books, including two collections of his most popular newspaper columns.

Product Details Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 155583616X ISBN-13: 978-1555836160 Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces Average Customer Review:

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews Most Recent Customer Reviews 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful: Dan Woog Hits Home Again, December 22, 2001 By Dan Sealy

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As one of the subjects Mr. Woog chose for the book (park ranger) I was pleased to see how he treated my very personal story. Those who know me gave me great feedback on how accurate his depiction was and, more importantly, several people who are struggling with coming out at work have contacted me for help. The writing shows compassion and humor. My friends who have read it highly recommend the book as do I. Though I was a little shy about it, I'm glad I told my story to Mr. Woog. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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Very humdrum Mr Woog's book lacks style and has... this big measure - "coming out". Coming out is an individual thing and personalities vary. Lives vary. Read more Published on December 2, 2002 by Peter K. Ellis

Engaging and Important Dan Woog has once again written an engaging and important book about being gay in America. It's tempting to call Woog the gay community's Studs Terkel, but that may not do Woog... Read more Published on November 14, 2001 by Mike

A near academic look at social expectations, March 19, 2003

My View I looked this book over and it is yet another example of how inaccurate portrayals of the typical gay man are. Not one of his stories seemed believable. Read more

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Depending on your point of view, writer Dan Woog might be either a maverick or a pioneer. In his earlier "Jocks" series, Woog may well have essentially initiated the diaglogue that acknowledged that there are gays in pro sports. Here, in "Gay Men, Straight Jobs," Woog again takes on the challenge of portraying gays realistically: as they behave and as they are expected to behave based on societal expectations and demands. And it's from that perspective - profiling the gay man within the framework of institutional mores - that makes Woog something of an academic sociologist. An array of occupations perhaps traditionally thought to be exclusively straight are presented here by their gay workers: police officers, fire fighters, upscale Wall Streeters and even television news reporters. What emerges is how workers in those and other fields manage to balance their sexual orientation with the expectations and mores of their respective professions, and how those expectations relate to the larger society. To gain any meaningful information from this book, particularly if you're a gay man struggling to fit into your own social and occupational frameworks, it's best to read the book as something of a self-help guide. Don't expect any simmering accounts of gay sex: if you want that, look elsewhere. More important than that, you might find something here that has actual long-term benefits. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful: Engaging and Important, November 14, 2001 By Mike

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Dan Woog has once again written an engaging and important book about being gay in America. It's tempting to call Woog the gay community's Studs Terkel, but that may not do Woog justice. The skillful manner in which he conveys his subjects' experiences makes this book fascinating reading no matter how close one is to the issue. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

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