Compulsory Heterosexuality In Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan

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The novel I decided to read and analyze was “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan. Throughout the novel Levithan describes the day to day lives of seven different teenage boys and the struggles they face because they identify as gay. I will be examining the concepts of constructing gender, being transgender, and the correlation of compulsory heterosexuality and discrimination against LGBT people.
Gender is constructed at a very young age. An individual’s gender construction begins the second they come into this world. For example, when babies are born they are either given a blue or pink blanket and hat depending on their sex. This is one of the first interactions the individual will have with their gender. Parents are the biggest and most
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Compulsory heterosexuality is defined as the dominant norm for sexual orientation and anyone who takes any other form of sexual orientation outside of this norm is seen as disgraceful or a pathetic imitation of heterosexuality (CG 205). Within this concept heterosexuality is viewed as the natural origin of sexuality. Therefore, people who fall outside these boundaries can be isolated and discriminated against because they are part of a minority group. The hegemony of being heterosexual (RIGHT WORDING?) has our society looking at the world through a heteronormative lense. Due to this perception, homosexual people are prone to violence towards them and oppression. One example is when Craig and Harry were doing their record breaking kiss. There was a truck that passed by and the passengers were yelling “faggots!” and then shortly after someone in the crowd threw eggs at Harry. This is just one example of an attack against them because of their sexual orientation. Violence against people who are part of the LGBT community is a huge issue in our society. Transgender women, people of color, and gay men experience the most violence (10/27 lecture). Mostly due to the idea that they are seen as outsider of this heterosexual orientation circle in which they don’t fit

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