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The Queer Of Queer And Queer

- Safe. Queer. Spaces. We queer folk have come a long way in terms of rights, equal marriage is sweeping over America, the UK and the rest of the world seems to be catching on. Sadly the same cannot be said for trans equality but it is at least becoming more visible and more discussed in everyday life.  Yep. Progress, sort of.   You see as legislation passes and more and more ‘freedoms’ are afforded to queer minorities its easy to think the battle is over and the war has been won.  Not so. Think of 3 gay places in your town… Think of 3 specifically gay or queer places in any town and you get clubs, bars, saunas, choice public bathrooms… Now it is worth noting I personally am not wholly agai...   [tags: Sexual orientation, Homosexuality, LGBT]

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The Queer Theory

- Queer, a word first used by the Scottish in 1508 to mean strange, peculiar, or eccentric, has evolved into a critical theory signifying resistance to the traditional views on gender and sexuality since the early 1990s. An Italian author and professor, Teresa de Lauretis coined the term “Queer Theory” during a conference on conjecturing gay and lesbian sexualities held at the University of California. Heavily influenced by deconstruction, post-structuralism, and feminism, queer theory challenges the practice of assigning people to different categories based on a person’s description....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Ecological Constructions of Queer

- Queer ecology is a bridge between ecological criticism and queer theory. The word ecology is derived from the Greek word oikos, which means ‘home’ or ‘surroundings’ and summed as the study of organisms relationship to each other and to their physical, environmental surroundings. The word queer is derived from the German word quer, which means ‘transverse’, ‘oblique’, ‘sideways’, or more understandably “a moment of unfamiliarity” or not at home. These two words based on those definitions seem like they would seldom correlate....   [tags: Sexual Misconduct, Value Systems]

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The Lgbtq And Of The Queer Community

- ... The slow social acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community eventually pressured policy-makers into addressing queer issues in their policy making (p. 107). Public Policy Lesbian and gay social movements of the 1970’s challenged the public policy in it’s time and led to the changing of recognition and regulation of same-sex couples and sex in public policy (Smith, 2005, p. 327). The creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (CRF) 1982 forced the courts to consider the individuals rights of Canadians (p....   [tags: Homosexuality, Sexual orientation, LGBT]

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`` Queer `` By Audrey Lorde

- ... The system was created in order for those fitting with in the patriarchy to succeed and always to succeed, leaving behind anyone who is seen as different or queer. Most people would think of queer as being gay but in this context think of it as a group of people who do not fit within the social constructions of what society deems normal. Those who are deemed normal are often white, middle to upper class men with a family. These men are pretty much guaranteed to be successful, their privilege is evident throughout history....   [tags: Sociology, Gender role, Feminism, Max Weber]

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The Fight For Queer Rights

- Today, especially with the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, it is easy to believe that the fight for queer rights is something of the past, something that America as a whole moved beyond because we have achieved these rights. For example, the conclusion to Stonewall Uprising creates a sort of historical separation that allows anyone and everyone to believe that the United States and all the people within it have moved past homophobia, transphobia, and queerphobia. However, this is absolutely not a reality for many queer and trans people today, especially poor and/or incarcerated queer and trans people of color....   [tags: LGBT, Homosexuality, Transgender, Pride parade]

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The Queer Prison Abolitionist Movement

- It would be misguided to discuss queer prison abolitionist movements without first thoroughly examining the place of the prison system in the neoliberal imperial project of enemy production (both inside and outside the boundaries of the state). The contemporaneous production of exterior and interior enemies (terrorists and criminals respectively), movement toward and legislation for ostensible (and, importantly, homonormative) queer “equality,” the criminalization of radical activism through increased surveillance, torture, disappearance, and imprisonment, and the exponential growth in the transnationally funded prison system is symptomatic of what, in the article “Intimate Investments,” Ann...   [tags: Prison Abolitionist, Inhumane Treatment]

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The Theory Of Queer Gender

- ... I am not a woman when I was born, but I become a woman in this society. It is not from natural, it is the product from language and heterosexual domination. In this dominative mainstream gender culture, people who is homosexual become the other who has been excluded. The queer gender theory is a theory for this minority people. It directs the non-straight presentation in social culture. Question1: Edward Said `s Orientalism is the fundamental book for Orientalism; his work has strong political critique about occidental hegemony and power politics in relation to the binary between orient and occident....   [tags: Gender, Homosexuality, Sexual orientation]

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Acceptance of Queer Identities in Disney

- For this engagement essay the article Mean Ladies: Transgenders Villains in Disney Films by Amanda Putnam and the chapter “Someday My Prince Will Come”: Disney, the Heterosexual Imaginary and Animated Films by Carrie L. Cokely will summarized, analyzed, and engaged with using the Queer analytical framework. I chose these two articles because I felt that they played very well off of each other, touching on very similar topics. Putnam's (2013) focus was on Disney villains and how these characters “gender-bend”, possibly giving them transgendered identities....   [tags: Article Comparison, Homophobia]

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Racism And The Queer Community

- ... Gay men are born with an inherent otherness, as queer people we feel as though we are on the margin of society. Our lives aren’t embodied in mainstream media, we don’t get to chase other little boys around the playground to peck them on the cheek or have a mock-courtship like straight kids do as they learn and grow. We feel alienated by our very culture; there is no guide for how to navigate this world as a queer person. So we try to assimilate, to pass, be masc. (Delgarno, 4) Every time I’m out on the gay scene, the statement at “I just want to find a tall athletic guy” always rears in its ugly head....   [tags: LGBT, Gay]

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Linguistic Reclamation of “Queer”

- Linguistic reclamation is a cultural process of removing hatefulness from a term that is used negatively and oppressively by a dominant culture (out-group) against a specific, less powerful group (in-group). In the article “A Queer Revolution: Reconceptualizing the Debate Over Linguistic Reclamation,” the author, Robin Brontsema explores the reclamation of the word “queer” and other related “hateful speech intended to disable its target” from three different perspectives that are based on three identifiable goals: “neutralization” of the word, its “value reversal,” and “stigma exploitation” (46, 52)....   [tags: Social Issues, Discrimination]

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The Queer Dionysian Satan

- In the Christian tradition, Satan is commonly accepted as a hideous and monstrous being in direct contrast to God’s graceful mercy, often a shadowy figure with little depth. Yet there exists another very gothic view of this figure, as demonstrated by Milton in Paradise Lost, of a long suffering villain who appears more tragic artist than ultimate deceiver. The Monk, by Matthew Lewis, makes use of more tragic and mythical elements to make something altogether different, a Dionysian figure. Lewis uses such descriptive speech, symbols, and themes all connected to Greek myth to present a chaos creating character who transgresses not only God, but societal boundaries....   [tags: Literature]

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Queer Theory : Sociological And Micro Levels

- Introduction Teresa de Lauretis coined 'queer theory ' in 1991 (Bell). Queer theory is a set of ideas based around the idea that identities are not fixed and do not determine who we are. Intersex is a part of queer theory that is lacking in research however in order to fully understand problems related to binary sex and gender systems, we must acknowledge the difficulty that binary systems create for people who may not fit into these fixed types of categories. Thus, continuing to discuss and research sex and gender in new and inclusive ways will benefit us, both at the macro and the micro levels....   [tags: Gender, Sociology, Gender role, Male]

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The Resistance Movement of Queer People of Color

- ... The area in West Village where many QPOC reside is heavily patrolled by police force. Just a few blocks over, where the population shifts to predominately white, college-aged young adults, the number of police cars seen decreases dramatically. In addition, the few establishments that had previously catered to QPOC have closed or moved a considerable distance away, making access to safe spaces much more difficult and sparse (Farrow). Because of the multiple minority groups that QPOC identify with, the members are subject to many tiers of discrimination....   [tags: discrimination, equality, rights, identities]

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Domestic Violence towards Queer Youth

- Domestic Violence towards Queer Youth “Psychological abuse from family members affects queer youth more than any other group of adolescents” (Young 1). “The constant assaultiveness of parents eventually is reflected in more ways than one in the behavior of children” (Kurland 10). Both statements refer to the old, yet still rising problem of domestic violence towards queer youth. Queer youth frequently face a variety of forms of domestic violence and attempt to cope with such forms; however, a situation similar to the aforementioned does not always work out well....   [tags: physical abuse, injustices]

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Queer Binaries in Kushner's Angels in America

- This paper will discuss Tony Kushner’s Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, published in 1992. The play gives insight into what it meant to be a gay American in the late 20th century showing accurate depictions of social, medical, religious, and political life. The importance of this play cannot be overlooked as even a decade after the premier, the play was dubbed as “one of the most important pieces of theater to come out of the late 20th century” (Odenwald). One question remains, is the play still relevant today....   [tags: literary analysis, gay fantasia]

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Gender, Politics, And The Ethics Of Queer Life

- An analysis of freedom would be incomplete if it failed to scrutinize the laws of a society that are meant to enhance and promote freedom and equality. Such analyses were undertaken by Catharine MacKinnon (Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination) and Michael Warner (The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life). Their works highlight the patterns of dominance over certain groups (namely women and homosexuals) exercised within the legal structures of society presiding over everything from the military to jobs and marriage....   [tags: Homosexuality, Gender, Marriage, Discrimination]

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and "Queer as Folk

- In 2003, NBC launched on one of its cable channels, Bravo, a reality-makeover show that became a national obsession. The show was "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." Two years earlier, in December of 2000, Showtime produced what was to become one of the most controversial and popular television shows in the network's history: "Queer as Folk," inspired by the BBC original of the same name. Queer was here- in a big, bold way. These two pop culture phenomenon set up a discourse for the pivotal word in each title, "Queer." Examining both in the context of their own, self-prescribed language, begs the question, how is the term shaped by its invoker, and how in turn is the invoker shaped....   [tags: Sexuality Homosexuals Media Papers]

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AIDS: Keeping New Queer Cinema Alive

- AIDS: Keeping New Queer Cinema Alive “Queer Cinema is Back” – headlines the front page of the 2005 issue of the Advocate, signifying to a new flood of movies making way into theatres. Five years prior to this news release B. Ruby Rich, who coined the art as New Queer Cinema almost a decade earlier, declared that the cinema had co-opted into “just another niche market” dominated by popular culture (Morrison 135 & Rich 24). What had seemed to be a movement, turned out to be only a moment in the brief years between the late 1980s and early 1990s when the energies of queer theory, the furies of AIDS activism, the legacies of independent and avant-garde filmmaking, and the schisms of postmodern...   [tags: homosexuality, cinematography, inequality]

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Queer As An Umbrella Catch All Term For Any Individual

- Throughout this paper the word 'queer ' will be used as an umbrella catch all term for any individual who is not heterosexual or cisgender, and anyone in the LGBTQ spectrum. Queer will also be used as part of the methodology, it will represent "a moment of fissure when that which is normal is thrown into question...[and] set out the notion of queer as a way of denormalizing gendered heterosexuality." ( Li-Vollmer and LaPointe 92) Using queer examination of film, this paper will discuss and explore the struggle between normalcy and deviance....   [tags: Homosexuality, Gender, Transgender]

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The Hours by Michael Cunningham

- In his novel The Hours, Michael Cunningham creates a dazzling fabric of queer references managing to intertwine the lives of three different women into one smooth narrative. In this essay, I will discuss what makes The Hours queer literature, how the novel has contributed to the queer genre, the cultural significance of the novel, and I will discuss several points made in Jeanette McVicker’s critical article “Gaps and Absences in The Hours.” My aim, however, is not to say that Michael Cunningham’s The Hours is strictly a queer novel, but to highlight what makes the novel queer and to discuss Cunningham’s idea of sexual orientation as a fluid entity....   [tags: The Queer Genre]

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Analysis Of Vicki L. Eaklor 's Queer America

- In Vicki L. Eaklor’s Queer America, the experiences of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in the years since the 1970s gay liberation movement are described as a time of transformation and growth. The antigay movement, threatened, now more than ever, created numerous challenges and obstacles that are still prevalent today. Many of the important changes made associated with the movement were introduced through queer and queer allied individuals and groups involved in politics. Small victories such as the revision of the anti discrimination statement to include “sexual orientation”, new propositions regarding the Equal Rights Amendment and legalized abortion, were met in turn...   [tags: LGBT, Homosexuality, Gay, Bisexuality]

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Gender Stereotypes Of Women 's Queer Women

- ... Most of these styles identified as being evident in ‘lesbian language’ are actually characteristics of other defined languages, and as Kulick points out this study also only includes people known to identify as lesbian, which limits the usefulness of application to only this small community, and can’t really be used to generalize to society as a whole. He also talks briefly about the fact that language used by bisexuals has rarely been studied because it necessitates a specific definition of the sexual identity of bisexuals first, which is often hard for scholars, especially when trying to relate it back to linguistics....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Sexual orientation]

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Learning to Cook: Awakening Queer Tastes

- Learning to Cook: Awakening Queer Tastes The initial stages of vegetarian desire are characterized by what may be termed 'epicuriosity' on the part of the food consumer -- an inclination towards food pleasures beyond the meat-centred menus favoured by North Americans -- but often, the transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet is made difficult by the centrality of omnivorism within popular culture. From frozen TV dinners to foie gras, meat's accessibility as a convenient pre-packaged commodity means that animal products are the accepted norm....   [tags: Sexuality Homosexuality Essays]

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Amy Jessica Stein : Queer With A Strong Emphasis On Understanding The Fluidity Of The Term Itself

- Jessica Stein is queer under the definition of queer as a rejection of identities, sexual and other, that are deemed traditional – i.e. not homosexual, heterosexual or bi, but some convoluted mixture of them all. Vague in both definition and recognition, however, it is this indeterminacy that creates a non-specific overlay permitting a wide range of possibilities. Being queer is rebuffing what can be labeled, but being what you are and succumbing to what you desire. Kissing Jessica Stein tells the story of a conservative single woman in New York City, frustrated by her failure with men, until she meets Helen, a sexually overt woman....   [tags: Sexual orientation, Human sexuality]

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Butler 's Theory Of Bodily Representation Within The Queer Community

- Next, Butler theory suggest that bodily representation are subversive within sexual minorities. This in essence is Butler proposing that bodily representation within the queer community go against the social conventions which have been gendered by social norms. She states “Such acts, gestures, enactments, generally constructed, are performative in the sense that the essence or identity that they otherwise purport to express are fabrications manufactured and sustained through corporeal signs and other discursive means.” this points out performativity as being a key factor in social representation, the inner reality gets presented by the outer reality, although this suggests that ac...   [tags: Gender, Transgender, Sociology, Gender studies]

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Literary Review of Sexuality and Gender in Science Fiction Literature

- Literary Review My argument is that SF literature offers a utopian hope for the future where individual differences are no longer criticized. To conduct this literature review I used multiple information sources to examine issues of gender and sexuality within science fiction literature. None of these sources claim to have produced a conclusive work on the interpretation of gender and sexuality in SF. Some of what I have read seems to be a general overview while some is more focused, but everything clearly references other theorists, studies and texts to back up the arguments made....   [tags: Masculinity, Utopia, Queer Narratives]

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American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism

- American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism Works Cited Missing Nancy Ordover argues that current attempts to regulate marginalized social groups are eugenicist movements couched in new language. While "today, the preoccupation with immigrant fertility is couched in concerns over expenditures rather than in classic eugenicist worries over the depletion of the national gene pool" (54), that supposed strain on the national economy presented by immigration is still located in immigrant's reproduction, although it is less frequently explicitly the "whiteness" of the nation that is threatened....   [tags: Sociology Sociological Essays]

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What's Linguistic Reappropriation

- Linguistic reappropriation is when a word is used in a negative connotation in relation to a minority. These disparaging words have been labelled informally as slurs. A slur is defined as “an insulting or disparaging remark or innuendo.” (Merriam-Webster,. n.d.) A minority party becomes oppressed through the use of these slurs because they often cause observers, not of that group, to view the minority differently often in a negative way. The view of outside parties coupled with the use of the word cause the oppressed group to have a sense of a lack of power....   [tags: slur, minority, queer, cunt]

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Declaration of Independence

- Declaration of Independence was written, by Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1776 when United States thirteen colonies claiming their separation from Great Britain. Today, there are still many issues people been debating on. I believe that immigrants and gay/lesbians should have equalities and independence of their own. Three articles I am going to talk about are “Queers”, published by the anonymously by Queers on June 1990, “An immigrant Manifesto” written by Jorge Ramos, and the last is “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Address at Seneca Falls (1848) and Seneca Falls of Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848).” Queer is another term for sexual minorities which consider gay, lesbian...   [tags: Queer, Immigrants, Homosexuals]

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Excluded Films: Blue Is the Warmest Colour

- What constitutes a ‘good’ queer cinema. The question is as ambiguous as the idea of queer theory, which in its actuality is characterized to be “…nothing in particular to which it necessarily refers. It is an identity without a [defined] essence”. The combination of queer theory’s fluid nature and the rather touchy subject of queer history often make it difficult to draw black and white conclusions on what discerns an exceptional queer film from a mediocre one. Blue Is the Warmest Colour, based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche....   [tags: Queer Cinema, Film Analysis, LGBTQ]

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How Queen's I Want to Break Free Video Explores Queerness in Relation to Queer Theory

- ... To summaries Cartwrights definition of essentialism, it is a way to identify and categorize entities such as art, objects, and people (615). In the case of queer theory, it attempts to complex both gender and sexual preferences. Dyer suggests that queer theory is completely the opposite of essentialism, that it is non-essentialist (Dyer, 2013, p. 12; 13). This idea of non-essentialism is what queer theory attempts to redefine the “nature of male and female, removing the social essences of masculine and feminine gender role conformity” (insert Dyer citation); queer is an “identity without an essence” (Peraino, 2003, p....   [tags: problems concerning burials]

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Queer As Folk Is A Television Show Produce By Showtime Network With The Collaboration Of Temple Street Production

- ... Emotional distress is a common issue faced by many teens, who are sexually attracted to the same gender. For example, in the first episode Justin, a young 17 year old boy struggles with his homosexuality. Justin has sex with Brian, who is 29 years old unbeknown to his parents. Justin has been hiding his sexuality from his parents and his schoolmates, except to his best friend who he confesses to having sexual encounter with a man. For many young teens, like Justin to be openly gay can be very difficult....   [tags: Homosexuality, Sexual orientation, LGBT]

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Gay Rights Movements

- By now, unless one is living under some possibly metaphorical rock, everyone has probably heard about the gay rights movement/queer movement and heard all the sides of the homosexuality movement, ranging from 'Gay people should burn in Hell for their sins' to 'Equality for all sexualities and genders'. And the transgender movement is just starting to take off, starting with California passing a law which allows Trans* students to "participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" ("California Law Allows..." 1)....   [tags: Queer Movements, Homosexual Movements, LGBTQ]

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Gothic review

- ‘To understand the chronicles they must be read as gay’ , at least this is the incredibly bold statement made by George Haggerty in his chapter on Anne Rice and the Queering of Culture in his book Queer Gothic. There is no denying that Anne Rice’s Vampires have a lot to do with homosexuality and Haggerty’s highlighting this is in no way a new criticism, but the claim that is must be read as gay is entirely dismissive of the many other sexual paradigms that exist within The Vampire Chronicles. To begin with, his referral of Lestat as a ‘gay predator’ seems unfair in its definition....   [tags: Queer Gothic, Anne Rice, ]

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I Am Queer

- Cheerleaders with beards strolled arm in arm down the street. "Women" with three-foot-high green bee-hives giggled at silver-lame suited space boys. Six-foot-five divas draped in sequins and heels and attitudes that extended around them like magical auras sauntered along, too beautiful, too glamorous, to even notice the ordinary people around them. But if a camera, glinting in the sunlight, caught their eyes, they turned fiercely, like dragons with glittering scales, not to attack, but to pose....   [tags: Personal Narrative Gay Lesbian Essays]

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The Stonewall Riots And The Gay Rights Movement

- ... 213 small fine to long hard jail time. As a homosexual, you could be placed in psychiatric care, where on common bases they would use shock therapy as well as frontal lobotomies for treatment. Since homosexuality was an illness it refrained then from joining the war. The cold war was a heavy time of anti-fag brainwashing. Same sex sexual acts were grounds for dismissal, as well as the mental illness thought of as homosexuality. Stricter policies allowed the desolation of homosexuals from military service, giving them “blues discharges”, a most dishonourable way of leaving the military....   [tags: Homosexuality, Gay, LGBT, Queer]

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The Game Of Thrones : Gender, Sexuality, Class, And Social Stratification

- Game of Thrones: Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Social Stratification It is very common for several TV shows or movies to reflect real life society, depending on what genre. Game of Thrones, a TV adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series depicts our society very well; despite the fact that it takes place in a fantasy medieval-like land, called Westeros. This show puts an emphasis on both gender and sexuality, with men being dominant in that society while women are often referred to as the inferior....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Queer theory]

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Dykes Organize: The Founding of the Lesbian Avengers

- Dykes Organize: The Founding of the Lesbian Avengers The Stonewall riots opened the doors to the rise and fall of numerous different homosexual actions groups. The differences in the groups were like night and day and the theories behind them changed with the times. In the 1990’s a group made its debut by coming out strong and forceful. Their handbook stated, “We need you. Because we are not waiting for the rapture. We are the apocalypse.” This became part of a dyke manifesto. A manifesto that changed lesbian views, a manifesto that brought with it a ‘fierce lesbian movement’, it brought confrontation to lesbian politics....   [tags: Essays Paper]

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Rubin 's Thinking Sex : Notes For A Radical Theory Of The Politics Of Sexuality

- Gayle Rubin’s “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” focused on the history of sexuality and sexual persecution. Gayle Rubin recognizes the idea of sex as a natural force that exists prior to social life and which shapes institutions and society. First, Rubin, emphasizes the idea of negative sex, by showcasing views by other scholars. Rubin notes Foucault in his 1978 publication “The History of Sexuality”, as “sex as the natural libedo wearing to break free of social constraint” (Rubin, 149)....   [tags: Transgender, Gender, Sexual orientation]

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Feminism And Gender Expression : Exploring Divas, Deviance And Diaspora

- ... By utilizing a queer diasporic framework, brought to the forefront are non-normative bodies, desires and subjectivities that intervene on our understandings of both queerness and diaspora. Queerness functions as an optic through which to engage lost histories of diaspora, reanimating non-normative desires and practices in order to envision other possibilities of social life. The first half of Global Divas outlines the theoretical framework that Manalansan employs as well as the ‘institutions, identities, practices and persons that constitute the material and symbolic borderlands in the lives n Filipino gay men’ (p....   [tags: Gender, Gender identity, Homosexuality]

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Tendencies: Queerness and Oppression

- Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Tendencies: Queerness and Oppression Over the last two decades or so, the idea of queerness is one that has been utilized and considered by individuals and communities of marginalized sexualities and genders. The concept is one that has attempted to broaden and deconstruct traditional notions of gender and sexuality in order to include all of their incarnations as valid experiences and identities. Queerness endeavors to include all of those who feel they are a part of it yet, seemingly, not everyone can be queer without changing the very nature of queerness....   [tags: Sedgwick Tendencies Sexuality Essays]

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The Progression Of Social Movements

- The Progression of Social Movements We must not forget the foundation that the gay rights movement was built on in the victory of the legalization of same-sex marriage and we must continue to fight for rights of all marginalized groups. On June 26th, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage would be legalized in all fifty states in the United States of America. This was accepted as a monumental milestone on the road to equality for the queer community, and while Timothy Stewart-Winter wouldn’t disagree, he does raise the concern that this may become the “swan song”-the swan song is defined as a person’s final public performance or professional activity before...   [tags: Homosexuality, LGBT, Gay, Heterosexism]

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LGBTQ Are Still a Source of Conflict in Canada

- Pauline Rankin’s Sexualities and National Identities: Re-imagining Queer Nationalism focuses on the historical priorities of the Canadian government as well as society to re-examine the relationship between national identities and sexual minorities in the country today. Rankin’s focus looks predominantly at the role of women and the construction of their place within national discourse and queer nationalism, given a feminist analysis. The national identities found in Canada have always revolved around the regulation of the sexual preferences and practices of Canadians because it reflects a desire to understand what citizens are up to, even when it goes beyond the bounds of what is considered...   [tags: sexuality and national identity]

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Television Is The Media Of All Media

- ... While that percentage is small, it is still a hefty demographic that is not only not being appealed to, but seldom acknowledged in a positive way altogether. Secondly, although television is slowly including more LGBT characters, there is still unrealistic characterization and stereotypes that are present within popular shows. Negative portrayals, like camp gay men, “lipstick lesbians” and “butch lesbians”, and derogatory depictions of transgendered women and men, only serve to heighten the presumed dichotomy between the heterosexual community and the queer community....   [tags: LGBT, Homosexuality, Gay, Sexual orientation]

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Gender And Origin Of Gendered Behaviors

- ... Greg also enjoys fashion, makeup and painting his nails in vibrant colors; although he is a male, Greg carries himself to what society defines as feminine behavior. He will dress in tights, ritualistically apply makeup every morning, and get his nails painted at least once a week. Dominant belief says that this is inappropriate for Greg and that he is a male so he should not dress and act as such. Far more puzzling to the public is that Greg, a male expressing himself femininely, has a sexual preference of other males....   [tags: Gender, Sexual orientation, Transgender]

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Homosexuality Must be Discussed in American Elementary Schools

- Wherever it has been established that it is shameful to be involved in homosexual relationships, this is due to evil on the part of legislators, to despotism on the part of the rules, and to cowardice on the part of the governed. -Plato Society is currently arguing over how to address the issue of violence against homosexuals. Many educators and activists suggest that the educational systems nationwide address the issues of sexual orientation in classrooms to combat stereotypes and myths that lead to violence against homosexuals....   [tags: Teaching Education Essays]

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Values in Urban Studies

- Introduction: In Urban Studies the two theoretical frameworks of positivism and standpoint ideologies hold slightly ontological and epistemological differences in the question of value free science. I will argue from a standpoint perspective that values do and should come into urban studies research because values allow us too empirically and rationally understand urban processes from the perspective of the liberation of gender and heterosexist oppression. First I will develop a working definition of positivist and standpoint frameworks....   [tags: Values Ethics Sociology]

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Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legal?

- The Wedding Cake is Rotten 45 years after the historic Stonewall Rebellion, same-sex marriage has eclipsed all other LGBTQ campaigns as the single-issue that will bring us to “equality.” As a queer person who is not only invested in increasing my life opportunities but also that of my communities, I have come to reconsider my support for same-sex marriage. Like many of you reading this article, I really believed the hype around marriage as a mechanism for change that will parallel our experiences with our heterosexual counterparts....   [tags: Marriage, Same-sex marriage, Homosexuality, Family]

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The Normality Of ' Normal '

- ... Candy is imposing gender performance by attributing the speech jerry is using to that only used by women. This notion shows how Candy, though a queen, wishes to be dissociated with ‘common’ women and not be lumped in with the general populous of women themselves. By including these scenes, Williams helps to blatantly show the problems and unfairness of queer and gender roles without sugar coating it. These events show how everyone is exposed to gender performance and displays whether they are conscious of it or not....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Gender identity]

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Negative Representations Of The Hip Hop

- The pivotal role that these disparaging remarks play in hip-hop politics speaks to the overall importance of heterosexuality in the hip-hop community, and only helps develop analysis on how inherently deviant a meaning is attached to gender norm violations and nonhetero representation (Hill, 2009). Homosexual slurs are used to denote more than an individual 's sexuality, rather they are markers of lack of integrity, failure, illegitimacy and phoniness (Hill, 2009). Penney (2012) writes that in order for the heteronormative hyper-masculine identity to be reinforced, the inferior, homosexual Other must be constantly disparaged and inferred through lyrics as a benchmark for legitimate membershi...   [tags: Gender, Homosexuality, Hip hop music, Gay]

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The Community Of The Lgbtq Community

- ... If you explain to a child why two men are holding hands in front of you in line, that child will understand. Children are not dumb, they are like little sponges who soak up every bit of information they can. If you teach a child love, they will love. If you teach a child hate, they will hate. It is a very simple concept. Teaching a child about the LGBTQ community will not make them gay, it will make them open and understanding. The first step in fixing our education system starts at home — parents need to feel comfortable explaining the LGBTQ community to their children....   [tags: Education, School, Teacher, High school]

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Canadian Drama

- The representation of queer culture within Canadian literature, and more specifically theatre, can vary based on the multiple means that the playwright chooses to animate. In this instance, by differentiating French Canadian and Western Canadian queer theatre, we are able to analyze what drives each cultural representation. Montreal had experienced gay liberation in the mid 70’s, and theatre was empowered by such a movement to captivate audiences with the idea of a gay individual rather than a stereotype....   [tags: Theater ]

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The Cultural Significance of The Hours

- In his novel The Hours, Michael Cunningham creates a dazzling fabric of queer references while intertwining the lives of three different women into one smooth narrative. In this essay, I will discuss what makes The Hours into a piece of queer literature, how the novel has contributed to the genre, the cultural significance of the novel, and several points made in Jeanette McVicker’s critical article “Gaps and Absences in The Hours.” My aim, however, is not to create the illusion that Michael Cunningham’s The Hours is strictly a queer novel but to highlight what makes the novel queer and to discuss Cunningham’s idea of sexual orientation as a fluid entity....   [tags: Homosexual Literature]

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Why Are Both Public and Private Interests within Cities Becoming Increasingly Supporting of Creating a Gay Space?

- Why are both public and private interests within cities becoming increasingly supportive of the creation of “gay space”. Based on the public interest, “gay space” is important to support creative and high-tech industries. San Francisco, Washington, and San Diego, are all designed as high-tech areas in United States. According to Harvard University economist Edward Glaeser’s statistical analysis, gay workers do a better job than heterosexual (?) individual (Gates & Florida, 2002). Thus, creating diversity and inclusiveness within the population of high-tech industry areas can help to attract creativity and talent in a wide labor pool....   [tags: diversity and inclusiveness, safer areas]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The 's ' Shake Your Tassels '

- ... With mainstream burlesque it 's safe to say that the deepest the performances may come to be is sexually liberating and even Negra and other feminist scholars question whether the link used between " 'sexual liberation and sexual freedom ' [is being linked] solely to empowerment." (Nally, 2009) To rephrase is the empowerment coming from the taking off of one’s clothing and not being the subject but object of their own stories. This wasn 't to say that just mainstream burlesque suffered from this....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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The Catholic Church And The Lgbtqa Community

- ... Bigender means that the person can choose whether to express to be male or female, and they change as often as the want to, this is also sometimes called being Gender Fluid. Cisgender is what most people would consider themselves to be. It means that your gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex all match. To put it in layman’s terms, you were born a male and you think and believe that you are a male. These next two fall under that same category. Cis-man, and Cis-woman are just the female and male version of Cisgender (Comprehensive)....   [tags: Transgender, Gender, Sexual orientation]

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Homosexualtiy and Heterosexuality

- Homosexuality and heterosexuality have become major subject matters throughout the early twenty-first century. However, these qualities have previously existed and have preoccupied the minds of countless theorists and critics for several years. Homosexuality is not only a common aspect in the twenty-first century world, but has also been developing into a literary critique know as “queer theory.” The theory consists of evaluating the unity between male and female counterparts within the same individual....   [tags: Twenty first Century, Culture, Society]

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Feminism And Its Impact On The Cancer

- ... This is related to the form of misogyny that assumes that “masculine” bodies are less frightening and more neutral than “feminine” bodies, especially those that do not fit social norms. With this interpretation of The Cancer Journals, trans women and nonbinary people can put themselves in Lorde’s place and further develop a form of intimacy between the trans and disabled communities. Lastly, in “Compulsory Bodies,” Alison Kafer discusses compulsory heterosexuality and compulsory able-bodiedness as mutually reinforcing systems....   [tags: Transgender, Gender, Woman, Sexual orientation]

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The Berdache of Early American Conquest

- The Berdache of Early American Conquest Methodological Introduction This paper attempts to link the facet of queer theory that explains gender and sexuality as culturally constructed identities, with the presence of the berdache in the New World at the time of the Spanish conquest. By analyzing the construction of gender and sexuality among the native peoples, in contrast to the ideologies of the Spanish, I found a clash arose which explained, in some sense, the incompatibility of the two cultures....   [tags: Spaniards Spanish History Essays]

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Looking into the Mirrior: Homosexuals' Human Rights in the USA

- Key Words • Homosexuality-The romantic or sexual attraction or behavior of members of the same sex. • No Child Left Behind- An act that went into effect January 2001 it is a standard based reform program aimed at making all students proficient by the year 2014. • Equity- Fairness in regards to all people. • Homophobia- The fear of a person who is attracted to someone of the same sex. • GLBT- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Affiliation- To be connected to an organization that proclaims morality and equality for all....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive, rights,]

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The Relationship Between Sexual Taxonomies and Ideas of the Self

- The relationship between sexual taxonomies and ideas of the self (e.g. Foucault, Jagose or Halperin) Sexual Taxonomies are not trans-historical; they are socially and historically situated and created. Sexual taxonomies are the different ideas about what sexuality is and they circulate around contexts, consequently forming identities. When we categorise sexuality it is categorised into heterosexual people and homosexual people but it is widely known that heterosexual is the ‘normal’ and accepted sexuality as “Homosexuality is a deviation from a privileged and naturalised heterosexuality,” (page 72, Annamarie Jagose, 1996)....   [tags: sexuality, sexual identities]

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Analysis Of ' The Norton 's '

- Against the thoughts “Criticism is inevitable”. Humans tend to admire and evaluate elements of life, objects, places, ideas, whatever is in front of them. This means to analyze, judge or disapprove, is the human nature that cannot be controlled even though words are that being said, it happens in the human mind by default. When it comes to literature, criticism plays a major role as is explained in the book “The Norton Introduction to Literature”. Edited by Kelly J. Mays. Critical approaches have three essential elements in the literacy exchange or interaction process, which are the text, the source and the receiver....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Heteronormativity]

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Women 's Literature Among Young Girls

- Brock Warren Dr. Holly Blackford American Children’s Literature 27 April 2015 Research Proposal Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women remains one of the most enduringly popular characters in children’s literature among young girls. The wild irony, however, is that Jo is anything but the model of girlhood one typically sees in children’s books. One may easily read Jo as a queer figure—more male-identified than female, and with stronger ties to the women in the novel than the men. What does one make of the ending, though, when Jo has finally married a man and the family is gathered together, with Marmee telling her daughters she could not wish them a greater happiness than their curr...   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, Orchard House]

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Gender Attitudes Towards The Youth Community

- ... Same-sex behavior and relationships are looked down upon because it’s not a “role model” nor would it be a new self-identity. What is a correct role model for a LGBTQ person. There is no correct role model for a LGBTQ person I believe anyone can be a role model for a homosexual or heterosexual individual. In deed there is a huge lack of LGBTQ role models but, it could help the homosexual person feel more confident in coming out if the role model is homosexual his/her self. In all reality an understanding and supportive person is what someone needs to cope with coming out or coming in....   [tags: LGBT, Homosexuality, Sexual orientation, Gay]

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The Game - Fire Emblem

- Gaming has had a long history with controversy and other heated topics over the course of it 's lifetime. Some developers and companies have chosen to try to avoid these topics in order to seem neutral, but that sometimes sells the players short. Nintendo had received a lot of complaints over the decision to not allow gay marriage in Tomodachi life, a game which you could replicate your whole life through, and now it looks like they have tried to be more inclusive in their newest game - Fire Emblem: Fates....   [tags: Homosexuality, Same-sex marriage, Marriage, LGBT]

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Exploring Sexuality And Sexual Behaviors

- Phase 2: Exploration Awareness is followed by exploration. The authors hypothesized that people in this phase would have strong relationships with or feelings for the same sex in particular, but will not necessarily involve exploration of sexual behaviors (McCarn & Fassinger, 1996). Exploration “is characterized by active pursuit of knowledge about lesbian/gay people, in terms of both the group as a whole and the possibility of one’s belonging in the group” (McCarn & Fassinger, 1996, p. 524). Participants were asked if they have explored their sexuality, and if so, how....   [tags: Sexual orientation, Human sexuality, Bisexuality]

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A Unique Perspective of The Yellow Wallpaper

-      My perspective of Gilman’s short story, "The Yellow Wall-Paper" is influenced by a great number of different and diverse methods of reading. However, one cannot overlook the feminist theorists’ on this story, for the story is often proclaimed to be a founding work of feminism. Further, the historical and biographical contexts the story was written in can be enlightened by mentioning Gilman’s relationship with S. Weir Mitchell. And I can’t help but read the story and think of Foucault’s concept of Panopticism as a method of social control....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays]

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Lesbianism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

- Given that lesbian desire has often been associated with the monstrous in horror and vampire genres, and that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is seen as having reworked the conventions of these genres, it is worth considering how the narrative of lesbianism is dealt with in this series to contemplate if and how this desire has been resignified. This paper is concerned with critically analysing the overt representations of lesbian desire and identity as they are manifested through the Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the coming out narratives as they unfold in Season Four....   [tags: TV Television Show Essays]

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Homosexuality in Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

- References to Homosexuality in Stevenson's Jekl and Hyde Stevenson's choice of certain words in the novel is extremely pertinent to a homoerotic reading of the text. In some Victorian circles (and most certainly not in others), certain words had very explicit homosexual connotations. The word "homosexual" seems to have come into the English language around 1869, introduced by a Hungarian named Benkert but not generally used by the British until the 1880s. Yet, according to Theo Aronson, there were other words used at that time to identify the love between the same gender....   [tags: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Essays]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Borderlands / La Frontera '

- ... Her push for rebellion sets a voice for the silenced anger and pure resistance against the ostracism of herself, her family, culture, and the white-washed society she has been born into. To be the only Chicana, lesbian, and rebellious woman in her family is considered sinful, as women, according to Anzaldua, in Mexico only have “three directions she could turn: to the church as a nun, to the streets as a prostitute, or to the home as a mother” (39). Noticing that women are culturally restricted to these roles, Anzaldua creates the opposite role for herself claiming to take the “fourth choice” by “entering the world by way of education and career and becoming self-autonomous persons,” (39...   [tags: Sociology, Woman, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Racism]

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Society 's Views On Gender And Performing Gender

- ... Picture the colour wheel if one relates pink to females and blue to males, there is still a variety of other coloures. There is purple a mix of them both, or green a color totally different. We act and perform gender in every aspect of our lives. From the way we tend to sit, woman with their legs crossed or close together versus the man 's wide legged approach we communicate our gender. Some argue that men sit with their legs far apart because of their genitalia however that is not true for all men, as not every man has the same genitalia....   [tags: Gender, Transgender, Gender role, Gender identity]

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The Weary Blues By Langston Hughes

- "The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes outlines Hughes type of writing in an energetic beat. Hughes is known for his lyrics about the accounts of African American lives amid the many years of the most recent century. His verse is normally effortlessly comprehended and straight forward to the point. However, it could be analyzed in three different theories; New Historicism, Post-Colonial Criticism, and Queer Theory. “The Weary Blues” is a verse ballad with two voices. The focal story voice portrays an African American or Negro, in this 1923 sonnet, in Harlem, New York, who is watched singing and playing a soul number....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes, Gender role]

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Understanding The Core Concepts Of Sociology

- ... Unlike functionalism, where the society is stable, unified and has a predictable social change, the conflict perspective is branded with tension and struggle between groups. The conflict perspective is a macrosociology study of the endless social struggle that encompasses societal interaction in the world. Although both functionalism and conflict perspectives study large societies, they do not share t. Conflict theorists believe that individuals are shaped by having power, being pressured, and forced by authority....   [tags: Sociology, Conflict theory, Max Weber]

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The Attitude Toward Gay And Lesbian

- ... Many people would think that this was like a disease and they could cure it with whatever they believed would make gay or lesbian people back to normal and would make them like a different gender. Many people have a different perspective on what gender could like the same sexuality like some people might not care if there is a pair of girls that are dating but some people might care if a man likes another man and if they are dating their attitudes change depending on the type of gender pairings there is....   [tags: Homosexuality, Gay, LGBT, Sexual orientation]

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Lesbianism: Femmes and Lipstick Lesbians

- ... Instead, more stereotypes have been created around what is acceptable in lesbianism and what is not the norm. Femmes and the general population’s perception about them have been wrongly perceived through the idea of femme fatales. When a feminine woman with power is portrayed as seductive and brings disaster to men, she is called a femme fatale. Jane Caputi shares the limiting beliefs bestowed upon women in her book, Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular culture. It is no wonder that lesbians are not taken seriously, despite their sexualization to tease men through myths and media, straight women are not even taken seriously....   [tags: community, sexuality, diverse]

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We All Be Careful With the Words We Use

- Words are very powerful, and sometimes the words we use offend people. Freedom of speech is highly valued but what happens when your freedom becomes hurtful or disrespectful to someone else. There are so many different kinds of people and different things that offend each person. In this day where we are more inclined to say whatever we want, we see more and more offense being taken to the words that get said. It's hard to understand why certain words can be insulting to someone when it may not seem that way to you....   [tags: Persuasive Essay]

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Fetishism, perversion and the Gay Identity

- Fetishism, perversion and the Gay Identity The contemporary Euro-American idea of identity as coherent, seamless, bounded and whole is indeed an illusion. On the contrary, the self carries many internal contradictions and nuances as a reflection of the many roles that a person plays in various social circles. Identity is partially post-social and socially constructed though rituals and disciplinary acts. In turn Delany challenges the concept of a Gay Identity, an entity of being that could be defined as referential....   [tags: Socialization Sociology Essays]

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Binary Sexuality Categories Is Useful For Understanding How Heteronormativity Impacts Identity And Influences Anti Marriage Equality Sentiment

- binary sexuality categories is useful for understanding how heteronormativity impacts identity and influences anti-marriage equality sentiment. Judith Butler (1990, 1993) argues against the binary categorisation of gender, asserting that gender materialises from a set of forced repeated actions that constitute a normalised performance. Butler’s conceptualisation of gender is not static; gender is made fluid through constant renegotiation and variance of performance (1990, 1993). Using the example of women, Butler argues that women cannot be thought of as a homogenous unified group because categorisation based solely on sex does not explain variations such as class or race (1990)....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, Transgender, Gender role]

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Video Games Impact The Way That Society Views Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And / Or Transgender Individuals?

- ... This also depicts the views of LGBT individuals at the time, as such a topic was held as taboo within all levels of society. An essential point is when it comes to LGBT representation is that their appearance in video games has lacked, even in modern times. This is demonstrated in the fact that it has taken nearly three decades to break through heteronormative attitudes within gaming since the first homosexual video game character in 1986. Equally as important for the queer community, an entire game dedicated to the LGBT community was made in 1988 titled Caper in the Castro which is described by the game designer as “a game that the player assumed the role of a lesbian detective investig...   [tags: Video game, Video game industry, Transgender]

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