Progay/Antigay: The Rhetorical War Over Sexuality
Issues such as lesbians and gay men serving openly in the military, same-sex marriage and the inclusion of sexual orientation in anti-discrimination and hate crime laws have evolved along with the rival progay and anitgay communities. As a result of public policy debates, the U. S. progay movement has moved toward an essentialist, non-sexual identity while traditionalists have shifted toward a secular public self-representation. This book analyzes the internal disagreements within the two movements.
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On the one side, progay self-representation is pushed by antigay depiction toward immutable, fixed identity and nonerotic self-presentation, and away from an understanding of gay behavior as merely a choice of erotic style.
For traditionalists , “ anti - immutability did not exist in the Bible ; the sins of Sodom were behavioral , not ontological . Homosexual behavior is thus a modern and , in their view , a human invention ” ( Herman , 1997 , p . 73 ) .
This contention rests squarely on the assumption that homosexuality is defined solely as behavior : “ Since blacks have been discriminated against for what they are and homosexuals have been discriminated against for what they do ...
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Emergence of the Variant Sexuality Issue Culture
Analysis of Communication in Contests
Appeals in Progay and Traditionalist Discourses
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