The Oppression Of Opposite Sex Sexuality And Relationships

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Journal Heterosexism is the oppression of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships. In our society heterosexuals is the normal and those who do not fit into this category are shunned. Throughout history, “homosexuality and bisexuality have been called many things; from sin, sickness, and crime, to orientation, identity and even a gift from God.” (372). Labels and judgments are justifications for society to marginalize people due to their sexuality. Our society tends to look for ways to justify homosexuality by looking for “deficiencies” through “medical or psychological terms” (373). Language is another powerful tool that society uses to gain authority in order to define the normative. Language can dehumanize homosexuality by using words such as “queer, faggot, and dyke” in order to gain empowerment over their sexuality. The efforts to make homosexuality inferior in our society, causes heterosexuals to view homosexuality in negative terms. From a young age, society teaches us to be heterosexuals and those who go against the norms are viewed as “trespassing” (399). In the essay “How Homophobia Hurts Everyone” a quote by Douglas shares how society manipulates our perceptions. In the quote Douglas recalls his slave masters wife as a kind lady whom allowed “slavery to divest her of her heavenly qualities. Under its influence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger like fierceness” (381). It is important to realize that as a society

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