Explains how the American military's new anti-gay policy is fundamentally misdescribed by its common nickname, "Don't Ask/Don't Tell."
Acknowledgments Introduction The Negotiations and the Players Clinton Is to Conduct as Congress Is to Status But Everyone Agrees on the Propensity Clauses Conclusion Notes Bibliography
Janet E. Halley is Professor of Law at Stanford University.
"Janet Halley's extraordinary book shows us how political analysis, linguistic reading, and legal strategy and philosophy can work together at their best. She has stunned and moved her readers time and again by challenging the apparent oppositions that inform tactical thinking in lesbian and gay legal stuudies. Her singular ability to conceptualize a complex array of strategies is matched in brilliance by her ability to mobilize that complexity in the direction of a politics at once shrewd and insistent. When we are most prepared to take the practical route, she shows us how our premises may well spawn consequences we do not desire; and when we reflect philosophically on our long-range vision, she reminds us of the practical exigences that must constrain our thinking. Hers is a vision complex, learned, practical, brilliant, inspiring, and radical. DON'T is something everyone must do!" (Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor, University of California at Berkeley)