Discourse involves both communication as well as who is doing the communicating, how they have communicated, and what the context is for the communication. This is an important point when understanding how to define sexuality as nothing more than a social control. Sexuality has become the center of discourse in education, law, medicine, government, demography, and within the LGBT community itself. We use social controls to prohibit certain types of sex, we conduct statistical studies which help the government label and classify sexual behavior, and we even use psychiatry to evaluate the mentally ill. Although by the end of World War II homosexuality that was viewed as a “sickness or perversion that could be effectively challenged not only by physicians and psychotherapists but also by homosexuals themselves” (Meems, Gibson, Alexander 75).
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...its roots in the discourse of sexual diversity. The differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals are deemed to be a legitimate basis for privileging one sexuality over the other. Homophobia is the perpetuation of straight supremacies, based on a rejection of sexual difference. The anti-gay majority have declared that 'the homosexual' must be labeled and pilloried as someone separate from 'the heterosexual'. This process of differentiation and exclusion seeks to contain and control same-sex desire.
Homosexuality is thus a categorization invented by straights to marginalize and constrain queerness within an identifiable, demonized minority. It is, therefore, not in the interest of lesbians and gay men to maintain sexual difference. Our liberation is irrevocably bound up with the dissolution of separate, mutually exclusive, rival orientations and identities.
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