How Race And Sexuality Revolve Around Socio Economic Position Within Society

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One of the most significant discourses on race and sexuality revolve around socio-economic position within society. As Chad Heap has aptly discussed, upper class elites defined their own heterosexual and patriarchal position by contrasting themselves with people in the slums, red light districts, and disadvantaged neighborhoods. These elite white men stood atop the racial and sexual hierarchies that they themselves created through the moral reform campaigns, the lack of funds to certain geographic spaces, and the policing/regulation of nonconforming bodies. By doing so, they essentially created a fiction in which they controlled sexual and racial norms. This held true for gender nonconforming elite men as well. Although some would venture into the slums to find sexual satisfaction, many simply created private and hidden institutions; these clubs often masqueraded as “athletic societies, chess clubs, and dramatic societies.” If one had enough money and influence, they were protected from the dangers of living an openly nonconforming life. The working-class man who preferred sexual activity with other men fared better than the elites did. George Chauncey reveals the most visible gay world in the early twentieth-century “was a working class world … centered in African American” neighborhoods. Queer social spaces were formed within these neighborhoods. Gender nonconforming people of color could freely express their sexuality or identity without too much hassle from

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