George Chauncey 's Gay New York Essay

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I will be writing about George Chauncey’s Gay New York. In this text, George Chauncey seeks to restore that world to history, to chart its geography, and to recapture its culture and politics by challenging three widespread myths about the history of gay life before the rise of the gay movement. These include the myths of isolation, invisibility and internalization. The homosexual community is considered a subculture to the heterosexual community, which identifies as the dominant culture. George Chauncey wants to know why the dominant heterosexual culture often misinterprets the heterosexual subculture. He also talks about the assumptions the dominant culture carries about sexuality and culture. I believe there are two reasons the dominant culture misinterprets and make assumptions about the homosexual community; these two reasons consist of religious beliefs and social stigma of the dominant culture towards the subculture.
In various religions across the world, homosexuality has been denounced clearly through script. In the Islamic Holy Book, the Koran, it states that men having sex with each other should be punished, but it does not say how. The Koran also notes that if these men repent, they should be left alone with no punishment. Once the Islamic faith produced the Hadith, the book of sayings from the Prophet Muhammad, the death penalty became a consideration. The death penalty differed on the method of killing and sometimes led to a lesser penalty based on the

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