Our Collection

Anatomy of Desire

Top of page

What makes one person gay, another straight? A quirk of genetics? Family life? Adolescent or early adult experience? Anatomy of Desire examines how science and social politics have shaped our notions of homosexuality through history. Using rare archival footage--from '60s drag artists and Stonewall activists to filmed psychotherapeutic "treatment" for homosexuality--the film exposes the joy and pain of a community barraged by outside efforts to define, control and sometimes even to eradicate it. With style and wit, Anatomy of Desire dishes the dirt on the historically rocky relationship between medical science, society and sexuality. Taking a queer look at straight culture and its use of popular media, here's a film that comes out laughing. And fighting.

1995, 47 min 53 s

Top of page

First Place Award - Category: Sexuality and Sex Role Development
Itinerant - National Council on Family Relations
November 9 to 13 1996, East Lansing - USA

Honorable Mention
International Film and Video Festival
October 22 to 24 1996, Columbus - USA

Second Place - Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health
Itinerant - American Journal of Nursing Media Festival / (American Nurses' Assoc. Convention)
June 15 to 17 1996, Washington - USA