Part 1 There is a particular point of view found in certain recent Hollywood films that explores the varying spectrum of sexuality and the role representation plays in an individual’s life. In the traditional view of sexuality in society, sexuality has an established separation, homosexual or heterosexual. In The Monster and the Homosexual Benshoff mentions “how homosexuality is thought and felt by heterosexuals is part and parcel of the way the culture teaches them (and us) to think and feel about their heterosexuality,” (Benshoff 95). In this context the heterosexual view of a homosexual is based on preconceived notions that the audience have obtained from society. In reality one cannot know about homosexuality to the fullest unless the person is one or has been properly educated about the
Sexuality in the Healthcare Profession Introduction An ongoing battle of theories in the matters relating to homosexuality exists, questioning and theorizing if homosexuality is simply a person’s life choice; or if a person is born homosexual due to genetics. Understanding sexuality in its entirety in a healthcare setting is very important to the healthcare provider to enable them to maintain their level of professionalism and to understand a person’s needs. The Author of this document will take a look at what sexuality is, what are the different theories on the causes of homosexuality, he will then take these theories, examine, discuss and debate them in relation to a statement by Wright & Anthony (2002) which read “Being gay is not a choice”.
Roy Cohn’s dialogue at the doctor’s office upon his AIDS diagnosis draws my attention to discuss the theme of righteous deniability in Angels In America. What I meant by that term is the ability of a person to deny a diagnosis or an accusation due to their powerful position and/or belief of being morally justifiable. I see the way Tony Kushner introduces a real lawyer during McCarthy era as a point of contact for the right wing “righteous” audience who may view homosexuality as a social disease during the time period of the play. In real life, Cohn was a prominent figure for the Lavender Scare in the 50s where the United States government went for a witch hunt and mass fired homosexuals. A hypocritical act from Cohn as he was regularly seen
An accomplished writer and an open homosexual, Andrew Sullivan wrote his best known work speaking for the struggles and social oppritunnitues of homosexuas in a heterosexual based cuture. His best known work was Virtually Normal: An argument about Homosexuality. This work was directed to a conservative audience, as one can sense the defensiveness as he writes about his own experiences with homosexuality, where he uses rhetoric to address the needs and subculture of homosexuality. In his work, Sullivan discusses his own growth as an adolescent growing into his homosexual identity. He uses the depression and angst that coincides with the struggles of youth, an age that is an uncouth time for all.
Philadelphia, a film released in 1993 starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington was one of the first major films to cover controversial sexual health issues in the United States. After the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the media feared to exploit the deadly disease and issues concerning sexuality and sexual health were continued to be viewed as taboo. The film aims to depict the current issues (in 1993) dealing with HIV/AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia discrimination and the lack of knowledge and prejudices that accompany those issues. Tom Hanks’s character, Andrew Beckett, is a young and driven attorney that made partner at a high-powered law firm. Beckett conceals his sexual orientation as a homosexual male and his HIV/AIDS status from
Those of us who are thirty years and older may recall a curriculum that was fear and judgment based, and that the only acceptable sex education was an abstinence-only based curriculum, and you are told only about the dangers of sex. American’s have been told that sex is something sinful, so naturally talking about something so sinful is very uncomfortable. However, the interest in sex, stills remains, and we as humans, are both interested and disgusted simultaneously. Moreover, Vernacchio asks his students what they might imagine there own ‘first moment’ to be like. Furthermore, Vernacchio focuses on body image, and talking about sex with your partner, feeling that if a person can’t talk about sex, they shouldn’t be having sex of any kind.
Thank you for thinking of me. I have just finished reading Citizen: An American Lyric. Reading it I realized that no matter how liberal our mindset on race, we white people have a great deal to learn about racism. It has made me realize that I had never truly understood the experience of the everyday racism that is experienced by people of color in this country. It made me realize that the extent of my racial consciousness comes in responding to major horrible events that capture major attention (Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, ect.).
In his article “For Gay Marriage,” Andrew Sullivan argues that homosexuals should be given the right to be legally married. Sullivan claims that homosexuals are just as deserving of marriage as heterosexuals are. Sullivan discusses how unethical it is to refrain a homosexual couple from marrying. He argues that legalizing gay marriage will promote a healthier environment for homosexuals by allowing young homosexuals, who have publicly announced their sexuality, to have role models. According to Sullivan, the legalization of gay marriage will help strengthen the bond between homosexuals and their parents.
In order to protect all citizens, health care provider associations would have to, “declare with a united voice that conversion therapy is unethical” (Jim Walker). Conversion therapy organizations such as NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) an organisation that, “endorse[s] and practice[s] conversion therapy in the United States” (#BornPerfect : The Facts) are a big factor in the existence of conversion therapy in the US. Many more efforts have been taken by state officials such as the governor of New jersey to help protect citizens from the, “despicable practice” (Sean P. Fallon). To sum up, conversion therapy is still seen as an ongoing problem in the US and small steps can be taken to completely ban the unethical
Affirmative Therapy offers a positive angle on how to work through one’s issues of sexuality (Laureate Education, 2012i). In addition to the therapy, it is also important for Dr. Patterson to have an understanding and self-reflection of her own biases and stereotypes towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, the client Tracy is at a stage in her life where she is questioning her sexual orientation. It appears that she already knows the answer but is struggling with the consequences of acting on her potential decision. There is a discrepancy and denial between their true selves about Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) individuals who hide their sexual identity (Pachankis, 2004). Dr. Patterson does a great job in understanding her clients’ issues and