Compulsory Heterosexuality

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  • Compulsory Heterosexuality

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    Compulsory Heterosexuality In today’s world, as humankind is still in progress, we have a much more liberated world compared to past. In terms of politics, we learned discrimination is not a honourable case to be involved in and we tried to minimize constraints reflected on “other” races, “other” nationalities, in short all of the others that are not similar to “us”. “Us” is, without doubt, white, Western man. Despite all the back-drawed prejudices of others in the name of liberation, respect

  • Feminismuality In Adrienne Rich's Compulsory Heterosexuality

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    that the institution of heterosexuality itself is a construct, or “a beachhead of male dominance” (p. 633), according to Adrienne Rich in her essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” (1980). From a feminist theoretical standpoint, humans develop sexuality as their gender identities develop: “our sexual desires, feelings, and preferences are deeply imprinted by our gender status” (Seidman, 2003, p. 18). This relates to Rich’s notion of compulsory heterosexuality - a facet of feminist

  • Compulsory Heterosexuality In The Poisonwood Bible By Nathan Price

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    which women have been convinced that marriage and sexual orientation towards men are inevitable – even if unsatisfying or oppressive – components of their lives,” a concept known as “compulsory heterosexuality” (Rich 290-291, 289). In The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price enforces this view of compulsory heterosexuality, leading his daughters to believe that a woman’s only purpose in life is to become an obedient wife. He breaks down the power and independence of his daughters in an attempt to enforce

  • Adrienne Rich's Essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

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    Yes and No Adrienne Rich attacks heterosexuality as “a political institution which disempowers women” in her 1980 essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence (Rich 23). What most see as a traditional way of life, Rich views as a societal mandate that serves as “a beachhead of male dominance,” (Rich 28). For a woman in Virginia Woolf’s time, “the one profession that was open to her [was] marriage,” and though females entered the public sphere as the 20th century progressed

  • The Study of Women across Cultures

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    their specific way of life. In the paper I plan to discuss, the origins of lesbian movements in the United States. Secondly, talk about the oppositions towards lesbians and feminists to live non-heterosexual lives, due to factors such as compulsory heterosexuality, and heteropatriarchy. Third, I will entail the consequences of society’s perversion towards lesbian and bisexual women, forcing them to hide, known a lesbian and bisexual invisibility. Lastly I will touch upon the responses lesbians in

  • Social Observations

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    are "different". The purpose of this study is to analysis the understanding of social constructionist view of gender/sexuality through the three piece social scenes influenced in the research, and the reading of Vance, Overall and Duggan. Compulsory heterosexuality and heteronormativity plays a crucial role in determining a man and woman's sexual preferences because it sets as a heterosexual, idealistic approach to culture. Carole S. Vance is an anthropologist and does studies on sexuality. She

  • Heterosexuality Essay

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    Olivia Souza Prof Thompson GND 101 17 May 2016 Heterosexuality and Male Power While the people in the LBGTQ community have become more accepted by the heterosexual society in recent years, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, they are still not in the clear. We still have a society that is controlled by the white patriarchy and praises heterosexuality. Compulsory heterosexuality is the theory that heterosexuality is enforced and made to be the norm by a patriarchal society. This term was

  • Game Of Thrones Gender Essay

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    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. It also includes several double standards for men and women and comprises compulsory heterosexuality. The show also heavily focuses on class and social stratification: the differences between two of the main classes in the show and the characters who wish to have more and more. Society in this particular show includes open systems, so

  • LeBlanc’s Analysis of Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    with the feeling that her definitions have become so broad as to seemingly negate any tangible, differentiated meaning. Within the essay, LeBlanc uses Bonnie Zimmerman's concept of the "metaphorical lesbian," Adrienne Rich's concept of "compulsory heterosexuality," and de Lauretis' rejection of a biological definition of feminine gender in reevaluating The Awakening as a lesbian text. In doing so, she defines Edna Pontellier as this "metaphorical lesbian" in that the character repudiates the societal

  • Stabilizing the Equilibrium in The Edwardian Novel: Homosexuality, Women, and Marriage in Maurice

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    the English society. It is evident in the novel that Maurice as a young boy is confined in the masculine world that he should embrace. He is described as a “plump, pretty lad, not in anyway remarkable” (11). In order to educate him of the compulsory heterosexuality, Mr. Ducie, his teacher, illustrates the definition of sexuality and marriage as a way for procreation to Maurice as young boy. He sketches the image of “ the ideal manــــchaste with asceticism” and “the glory of Woman” to Maurice (14)

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