However, due to conservative traditional and religious beliefs, the integration of homosexuals in society is often met with resistance. It can therefore be said that societal conservative tendencies have led to the intolerance of homosexuality therefore causing the inequality of LGBT men and women. In order to challenge normative constructions on sexuality one must first acknowledge that discrimination is still evident and continues to be a reason behind socio-political exclusion. The operations behind social policies cause oppression and isolation, and only re-thinking our approach in delivering new policies can hopefully one day meet the needs for a diverse lifestyle or in the words of Macklemore “It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!”
Through the Eyes of a Travesti The dominant conceptualization in contemporary U.S society is that people place certain behavioral expectations based on a person’s sex. People identify themselves in various forms. If I were a Travesti I would argue that my identity is actually formed by my sexuality not by the physical features I was born with. Being a Travesti I would adopt all forms of feminine qualities and even styles but would not identify as a women or wish to change my genitalia. Taking that all into consideration I would view the sexual subjectivity of Latina girls, people whose identities don’t match their behavior: ex-lesbians and straight white males and the varied sexual identities of transgender and transsexual people in society as cases that I can relate to in some respect but differ when it comes to actual identity in each.
Similarly, this leads to the discussion of homosexuals having the right to marry in society. Ultimately, conflict from the opposing position of ‘against’ gay marriage may arise that gay marriage can destroy the concept of marriage and mock the importance of procreation. In reference to this; everyone in society has the right to marry regardless of gender, thus it should be socially acceptable. However, this is why it is significant to discuss both sides of the argument, regardless of if you are ‘for’ or ‘against’ gay marriage in society. In relation to homosexuals, contradiction constantly arises that gay marriage should not be legalised.
This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of homosexual rights oppose homosexuals on this one issue. This is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the erroneous assumption that homosexual people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. For the reasons of ending social injustice, the economic and social benefits of allowing homosexuals to marry, and the constitution, homosexual marriages should be a legalized institution. Homosexuals are often treated unjustly socially. Homosexual people and couples are treated as inferior to that of heterosexuals.
Like other forms of prejudice, this discrimination is based on a hostile attitude toward a specific group and in this case minority. The current strides in the controversy of the legalization of the same sex marriage is a prime example of this discrimination. Sexual orientation prejudice has damaged the reputation and wellbeing of these individuals, and therefor overstepped the boundary between discrimination and downright hatred. Research has determined that the majority of stable homosexual adult couples are in committed and long lasting relationships. Assumptions have been made that homosexuals base their sexual preference just on the pleasure of sex, and sometimes are misconstrued as perverts because of this.
Does homosexuality harm the institution of marriage? YES! The institution of marriage is unique. It is the one institution that binds women and men together to form a family, and this serves broad societal purposes. “Homosexual activists argue that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.” (Richie, 2014) This is false.
During the fight against slavery and segregation, America realized that public opinion can be wrong. The movement for women’s rights brought about the knowledge that the government has had more control over civil rights than previously believed. Both historical movements arose from a common belief: despite public opinion, the government should protect the freedoms outlined in the constitution. Current societal issues related to marriage reflect this principle; however, authors Cherlin and Bennett would disagree on the connection being made. Cherlin acknowledges that momentum in the fight for homosexual equality has been attained by the degradation of the marital structure.
“The antipathy to marriage by a same-sex couple is deeply embedded in a history of gender roles and sex stereotypes,” argued a Commissioner of the E.E.O.C Chai Feldblum (Feldblum, “Existing Law Often Applies to Discrimination Against Gays”). Gender-role perceptions such as which female takes on the male role and which male takes on the female role again reiterates the emphasis of gender labeling. Thus, the stereotype of gender expectations is a universal stigma. As a society, the gender identity of a stranger seems to cause an inimical response if it does not conform to the cultural norm. Moreover, those who identify as transgender experience backlash for a multitude of reasons.
Heterosexuality in general promotes reasoning beyond the notion that every individual is either male or female and nothing else, heterosexuality does more harm than taking a rigid approach on how humans can or should express the sexual orientations. Sticking with the rigid analysis and myopic orientations popularized by heterosexuality, and using the same as the normal baseline to determine sexuality in humans have stood time immemorial as one of the main pillars of gender and sexual discrimination against the LGTBQI persons in space and time in human society. Heterosexism, continues to be the trigger of intolerance, oppression, suppression, sexism, hatred and discrimination for the LGTBQI communities across many societies today. Beyond the shadow of doubt, official statistics support the altruistic position in many countries that heterosexuality is often used as the baseline to determine sexuality. In terms of the number of individuals that prefer to be identified or are themselves heterosexuals, the truth is that heterosexuality has been long prevailed and been used as the proper standard to express sexuality in many
Heteronormativity advocates that heterosexuality is the norm in terms of romantic relationships and sexual orientation. It has been deemed a cultural bias because society favors and has always favored opposite-sex relationships while opposing same-sex relationships. The fact that opposite-sex relationships are viewed as normal and same-sex relationships are viewed as taboo, homosexual and transgender relationships are subjected to much discrimination thanks to this heteronormative prejudice. Defiance of this norm is the main objective of this novel. Rita Mae Brown uses Molly to indicate various social oppositions during the time period.