In Henry L. Minton’s Gay and Lesbian Studies, he presented some of the possible ways that homosexuality could be defined as from different opposing angles. From the psychobiological perspective, “homosexuality = sexual behavior with a member of the organism’s own sex” (Denniston). While some viewed the term as more than just a behavior, but a lifestyle; “I have always been bothered by the definition of homosexuality as a behavior. Scratching is a behavior. Homosexuality is a way of being, one that can completely influence a person’s life and shape its meaning and direction” (Grahn).
The term “queer” in queer theory has some connection with the idea of that of homosexuality. The term queer is basically used as a slang for the term homosexual and other groups which are not considered by our so called cultural and sophisticated society as normal. This term is basically used as an umbrella term for the coalition of sexual identities which are considered to be marginalised in our educated and cultural society. It basically is a new branch of study which originated from the gay/lesbian studies. Further this branch of study of gay/lesbian grew out of feminist theory and feminist studies.
Representations of the LGBT community have had a huge impact on many lesbian women and gay males, and have played a role in the fight for LGBT rights. Similarly, equality and feminism has redefined gender roles of masculinity and femininity as well as sexuality through the use of positive images and affirming choices, as opposed to passivity and submissiveness in pornography that has long been viewed as dangerous to women. Throughout history, there have been negative connotations of female fantasy. Whether it is the erotic material itself or the act of women being aroused by what was deemed to be a ‘profanity’, the theme is a recurring one and up to this very day, it is still fairly
Gender, heteronormativity and the ambiguous roles of homosexuals in the fashion industry and social spaces. In this essay I will be examing by examine, defining and discussing both gender and heteronormativity in the context of homosexual in the fashion industry and social spaces by referring to Steyn and van Zyl (1998-2009). I will also be identifying the context of which one or two of my contextual studies three class mates perform gender in a particular way. Furthermore the essay will distinguishing evidences-what do you mean? By conducting research on gender performance.
The idea of a homogenous ‘gay community’ appeared in the 1980’s following the gay liberation movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, where gay men and women publicly acknowledged their sexuality (Cameron and Kulick 86). Cameron and Kulick argue that by the 1980’s there was a political motivation to homogenize gay men and women into a singular community, a gay community, with its own language attached to it (92). As a result, sociolinguistic research treated gay men and women as a relatively stable
Queer Theory has been exponentially developed in the last two decades. Notions of gender and sexuality are constantly being re-signified by a tendency to understand fragmented identities in terms of sex and gender distinctions. The debate has been centered on the idea of queerness as a question of being vs. doing. It became widely-accepted during the last century when homosexuality was accepted as something you were born with. However, with the recent development of Queer Theory, the body and the complex relationship between sex and gender began to progressively receive special attention.
Adler believed that the social and community realms are equally important to psychology as the internal realm of the individual. This article is an excellent starting point for researching the life of Alfred Adler. It gives insight into the life of Adler and details on how his work was started. However, the article goes
Sociology helped the society in finding positivism, and it inspired social reforms as well as make the community a better place for living for all the people (Allen, 2011). 5. Describe two benefits of studying sociology. The first benefit of studying sociology is to enable one to look more objectively at a society and how the society behaves and is guided by certain principles. It allows one to understand hoe the society fits together and the consequences that might arise when the community is affected by social change.
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”.
Thus being said, I would like to introduce myself with memories that shaped who I am and the struggles that I’ve achieved. I would like to start off by envying those who have self confidence. Yes!.. It is a struggle to learn to accept who we are and our sexual orientation. Coming from a gay guy who came out gay at a young age would like to share the best memory and decision I made.