Making homosexuality “normal” or displaying queer characters as anything other than being different, unnatural, or closeted threatens heterosexuality. Displaying homosexuality as normal would mean that homosexual men could be more than just effeminate males that are attracted to other males. That is why Kuhar claims, “the homosexual became a normal citizen, yet still a member of a clearly distinct social minority, one that indeed should be tolerated but only as long as it does not challenge heterosexual domination”(Kuhar, 90). This means we only tolerate homosexuality in society and in television shows because it does not threaten heterosexuality. Heterosexuality allows homosexuality to be
And as a man or female it is believed that one must act and behave completely heterosexual and stay in line with these socialized gender stereotypes. Heterosexuality and homosexuality depend on sex and gender as concepts. Gender typing and social stigmas around sexuality are two things that are very prevalent in society today. Sociologists have argued that people learn gender roles and gender stereotypes through socialization. Gender role socialization often reinforces gender inequality because men and women are expected to fulfill their specific “gender roles”.
Gay is used for males with the same sex orientation, and lesbian is used for females with the same sex orientation. Homosexuality and heterosexuality are the more proper terms used by psychologists and others. The list of stereotypes about homosexuals is seemingly endless and most of it is not true. Some people believe that they flirt with any person they talk to that is the same sex as them. This statement is decidedly untrue.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, homosexuality is “having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.” Men and women are obviously biologically different. “People of the same sex having intercourse goes against what is biologically natural” (Baird 114). Part of the homosexual agenda is to make people believe that homosexuals are the same as heterosexuals when it comes to engaging in sexual behavior. This is absolutely not true. In Michelangelo Signorile’s book Cassel’s Rawlings 2 Queer Companion, a dictionary of lesbian and gay life and culture, he describes some of the sexual activities that homosexuals practice.
Also, the ramifications of the legalization of gay marriage, both for gays and society, will be examined. Finally, I will refute arguments against same-sex marriage. Society benefits by having fewer "closet gays." "Closet gays" are homosexuals who try to abide by society's standards, and marry a partner of the opposite sex (Harbinger 683). However, due to the different sexual orientations of the two partners, problems often occur, causing emotional harm to"closet gays," their partners, and their children (Harbinger 683).
The majority of people are straight and in heterosexual relationships, but should not mean that the minority of people are any less human because they live their life in a homosexual relationship. Would you chose to live your life as a homosexual knowing all the struggles you would have to face? Everyone has the choice of who they fall in love with, but nobody can decide that they will fall in love with a specific gender. Most people think the natural way of things is that men are attracted to women and taht women are attracted to men. People who are homosexual are naturally born to be attracted to the same sex.
And this is what homosexual relationships are based on: mutual attraction, love and affection. Sex, in a committed homosexual relationship, is merely a means of expressing that love, just the same ... ... middle of paper ... ...o deny that the right to marriage whomever you may choose is constitutionally guaranteed. Homosexuals, targets of discrimination and social injustice, deserve to have equal opportunities and rights as every other person in America, homosexual or straight. Homosexual marriages are accepted already by the Constitution, and they offer nothing but economic and social benefits if legalized, therefore there is no real reason as to why homosexual marriages should not be legalized. Legg, Joshua.
Social gays and gay activists, less concerned by society consequences, are not compelled to hide their gay speech, openly and to some extent actively use gay speech similar to ‘your typical gay’ stereotype, flamboyant and flaming. Schwieter insists gay men feel “language uses them just as much as they use language” (p. 93). This ability to use language, alternating speech patterns and categorical lexicon, allows gay men to express a broad range of roles within and outside the gay community. Contrary to Burgess (1949) who claimed “the homosexual world has its own language incomprehensible to outsiders” research suggest gay language is a not a distinct dialect but socio-culturally acquired language characterized by atypical male speech variation and word pronunciation. Listeners tend to rate a speaker sexual orientation as ‘sounding gay’ independent of pitch range or sibilant duration, suggesting the existence of multiple auditory cues.
(Berghe, W. V., Dewaele, A., Cox, N., & Vincke, J.) It is believed that gay men have more defiance and anxiety than lesbians when related t... ... middle of paper ... ...hat gay individuals are gender atypical. That is, because gay men have the same sexual attractions as heterosexual women, they must be like heterosexual women in other ways; because lesbians have the same sexual attractions as heterosexual men, they must be like heterosexual men in other ways.” (Blashill, A. J., & Powlishta, K. K. page 784) This idea of the perfect mainstream homosexual male is detrimental to the over all well being of gay men. Mainstream media has conditioned its audience into thinking what is necessary for one to be happy and feel whole. These ideals are found in both the homosexual communities and heterosexual communities.
One possibility of why this speech occurs is its ability to act as a ticket of membership into the gay community. It is assumed that the “gay voice” is used to unify homosexual males from diverse backgrounds, or to identify one another in diverse social settings. However, gay speech doesn’t have to exist for functional purposes, as there could also be underlying causes (Renn). Gay men with a so called “gay voice” have picked up these speech patterns more commonly associated with women, by being around more women speakers than male speakers while growing up (Fallon). The “gay voice” tends to emerge early in life, before a male even self-identifies himself as gay (Renn).