However, there are also lipstick lesbians, who are usually closeted lesbians who reject the idea of butches and love to wear makeup, get dressed up, and wear high heels. Usually lipstick lesbians are attracted to other lipsti... ... middle of paper ... ...ers would increase, which appears to be the case. People find it hard to understand others that are different from them. With education and exposure to all types of lesbians and gay men, stereotypes and misunderstandings of non con-formative individuals may decrease. Gender norms and stereotypes go hand in hand, however, most people bend these in some way or another.
One of the main reasons why people tend to be prejudice against gay, lesbian, and bisexual are based on inaccurate stereotypes and lack of information that is provided by society. Society portrays sexual minorities as sick, perverted, or nonexistent. There are quite a few people who are not aware that they may know healthy gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. Many people, fearing they might be gay, lesbian, and bisexual, prefer to attack individual who are as a way of avoiding self-identification. People tend to link homosexuality and bisexuality with sexual behavior.
Bisexuals are typically misunderstood, because they do not belong with the homosexual community or the straight community. They are commonly referred to as “fence sitters,” who are not invested in the interests of either community. In The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists, there was an example of a bisexual woman who felt that she could not even come out to the lesbian community at her college. The fact that one sexual orientation minority might actually fear another sexual minority based upon inaccurate stereotypes is a tragedy in the least. The stereotype that bisexual people are untrustworthy, and create a “wild card” of insecurity in a relationship has made them shunned by both gay and straight partners.
Homophobia can be used to stigmatize, silence, and, on occasion, target people who are perceived or defined by others as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, but who are in fact heterosexual. Homophobia affects some gay people and causes them to be in denial about their own sexuality or forces them to mask their homosexuality for the fear of other homophobic people finding out they are homosexual. It is tragic to know that some people feel they have to deny their sexual orientation. The effects of hearing homophobic remarks and hatred towards homosexuals cause them to not like who they are and hide it by sometimes trying to live a heterosexual lifestyle. The television show “Will and Grace,” frequently illustrates representations of homosexuality mainly to reinforce negative, cultural stereotypes about gay men (2016).
The modern day understanding of lesbianism can best be described as nebulous. Although most know that a lesbian is a woman that loves other women, the public opinion surrounding lesbianism mainly consists of half-formed stereotypes and vague disapproval or begrudging acceptance. When considering the LGBT community, most people picture the gay male and neglect the rest of the acronym. There a multitude of reasons for this nebulous perception of the modern day lesbian, but in actuality, lesbian culture is a vast and solid connection between woman that history has often refused to acknowledge. Although lesbian culture is often forgotten or overlooked, it encapsulates the broad variety of actions and appearances reclaimed by thousands of women,
In a period of time when homosexuality is becoming more common and more accepted, it’s hard to hide yourself from this sexual minority. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual minorities can be found everywhere, so it’s no doubt one might see a gay couple in a business. However, many business owners find homosexual couples immoral and wrong based on religious beliefs, and they might even ask the couple to leave. Do they really have the right to do so? When people refuse service to a homosexual couple, whether it be based on religious grounds or not, is complete discrimination towards the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community.
The research showed that women in today’s generation feel the same when seeking sexual pleasure but are afraid of what society is going to think about their desires for sex. Some people still go against research and argue that romantic mood in women arises only when the relationship is stable. This is not true because women are shy and embarrassed when it comes to expressing their feelings. Evidence shows
states that “bisexuality is often perceived as an illegitimate and unstable sexual orientation, such that bisexuals are perceived to be confused, experimenting, in transition from a heterosexual to a gay/lesbian identity, or in denial about their true sexual orientation.” This attitude towards bisexuality definitely creates tensions in societies. Furthermore, Feinstein et al. also states “While people have the right to choose what characteristics are important to them when they evaluate potential romantic or sexual partners, a lack of willingness to consider bisexual individuals as potential partners may represent subtle discrimination against bisexuals, especially when such unwillingness is rooted in negative attitudes toward bisexuality.” This “subtle” discrimination has definitely grown since this journal’s published date in August 2016 and only seems to grow. Lastly, Feinstein et al. also discusses about essentialist beliefs about homosexuality which the first addresses why bisexuality is perceived the way it is, that all homosexuals are similar to one another (Feinstein et al.).
To most, sexual orientation refers only to sexual preference. However, sexual orientation not only refers to attraction— but also identities. The LGBT community not only includes homosexuals and bisexuals, but also others such as asexual and transgenders. Because these sexual orientations were vastly unpopular in the past, a prejudice against non- heterosexuals began to build over the years. This prejudice has caused the LGBT community
Homosexual people and couples are treated as inferior to that of heterosexuals. The values that homosexual couples exhibit in their daily lives are often indistinguishable from those of their straight neighbors. They're loyal to their mates, and are devoted partners. Many of the reasons offered for opposing homosexual marriage are based on the assumption that homosexuals have a choice in which they can feel attracted to, and the reality is quite different. Many people actually believe that homosexuals could simply choose to be heterosexual if they wished.