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  • Essay On Heterosexuality

    In many of today’s societies, heterosexuality is seen as natural and superior to its opposite of non-heterosexuality. Willis (2007) states that “oppositional and hierarchical concepts of sex and gender are crucial for making heterosexuality appear as the dominant and ‘natural’ configuration” (p. 185). Placing heterosexuality as the norm discriminates against anyone who doesn’t quite fit into that category. However, without the presence of non-heterosexual categories, the concept of heterosexuality would not exist. Hicks (2008) describes that “ simply pointing out that someone is heterosexual, however, draws upon and reminds us that other possibilities are present” (p. 67). In addition, the label of heterosexuality could not remain if there…

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  • Chrys Ingraham's Heterosexuality

    In Chrys Ingraham’s “Heterosexuality”, she discusses an angle of women’s oppression that stems from heterosexuality being normalized in society. This normalization is not natural, and is instigated because it helps men stay above in power. It is a social institution that has a bias in favor of heterosexuality and romanticize heterosexual relationships and related rituals. The main argument of Chrys Ingraham’s “Heterosexuality” is that heterosexuality is not something people are born with or…

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  • Jonathan Katz The Invention Of Heterosexuality Analysis

    Carley Cockrum Dr. Liang Sociology 29 September 2015 The Invention of Heterosexuality The “Invention of Heterosexuality”, by Jonathan Katz, is an outline of his views on how heterosexuality and homosexuality are modern creations. His article traces the historical process by which these sexualities were created. The concept of “normal” and “natural” versus the “abnormal” and “unnatural” may seem self-explanatory and easy to define at first glance, but he offers a deeper insight into what he…

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  • Hegemonic Heterosexuality

    Question One Hegemonic heterosexuality essentially means that heterosexuality is the dominant ideology of sexual orientation and relationships in our culture (Walden 2016). In Mark Carrigan’s article “There’s More to Life Than Sex?” he discusses the asexual community, and defines asexuality in a couple different forms. Carrgian states that many researchers believe that asexuality is defined as, “’I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all’ which Bogaert takes to be indicative of…

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  • Robert Mcruer's Compulsory Voluntary

    In Robert McRuer’s “Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence,” he introduces the theory of compulsory able-bodiedness into the discussion of Adrienne Rich’s theory of compulsory heterosexuality. Just as society enforces the notion of heterosexuality being the natural and normal sexuality, McRuer argues that in society, able-bodiedness is not only the normal, it is more natural than heterosexuality. Additionally, he writes that the system of compulsory able-bodiedness works in…

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  • Gay Gender Roles

    The inclusion of queer identities into mainstream cultural productions involve the cultural subordination of homosexuality to heterosexuality through the reconstitution of queerness in a hetero image. The Kids Are All Right and The Fosters contribute to this subordination by projecting heterosexual gender roles onto an otherwise queer relationship. Their relationships replicate heterosexual patterns in normative structural terms and masculine and feminine roles (Hammock 2009). The gender…

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  • Queer Activism And Politics

    A Queer Dilemma,” which states that queer activism chooses to destabilize a collective identity and community rather than adopt a stable collective which are necessary for action. He raises the question “When and how are stable collective identities necessary for social action and social change?” (Gamson 403). This gets to the heart of Cohen’s argument, which is that queer activism and politics hinders their ability to radically change these institutions they fight so hard against due to their…

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  • Bisexuality Vs Bisexuality Essay

    Sexuality has always been something that is often changing and expanding. While it is assumed that there is one set binary for the sexuality spectrum, this is untrue and as individuals get more confident in themselves, the spectrum will continue to grow (Elizabeth, 2013). Even with the introduction of bisexuality, many sexualities, such as pansexuality are still being undermined and labelled as a ‘false sexuality’ (Elizabeth, 2013). In a world where heterosexuality reigns, anyone with a…

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  • The Trauma Of Homosexual Adolescents

    psychiatrists, and the like. There is an awareness made by some that gay adolescents are at a high risk for “physical, social, and emotion” impairment, yet the care for these adolescents is impeded by “poor understanding of adolescent homosexuality” by the parents and physicians (Remafedi 331). These misunderstandings by parents and doctors cause a greater separation between familial ties. There are numerously greater accounts of homosexual children and adolescents enduring traumatizing events…

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  • Straight Pride Month Persuasive Speech

    films, tv shows, books have I watched or read that don’t represent heterosexuality in some way? How many adverts do I see on a daily basis include a hetero couple? Think back to every His&Hers piece of merchandise that you’ve seen, every Mr&Mrs slogan. Heterosexuality is seen by general society as the default, everything else is a deviation from the norm. The concept of straight pride month has been created to overshadow and counteract LGBT Pride Month through feigned victimhood. The logical…

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