A Deeper Understanding

Forgive this long post but while doing some research I ran across this book which clearly outlines some current cultural issues for the GLBT community. It has given me some insight (and perhaps pity) for heterosexist mentalities:

Heterosexism, as defined by Jung and Smith (1993), is a "reasoned system of bias regarding sexual orientation [that] denotes prejudice in favor of heterosexual people and connotes prejudice against bisexual and, especially, homosexual people" (13). Herek (1995) elaborated by defining heterosexism as a system of denial, denigration, and stigma towards any non-heterosexual behavior, relationship, or identity. Utilizing these definitions, heterosexism, then, is a reasoned system of bias regarding sexual orientation that denotes prejudice in favor of heterosexual people and denies, denigrates, and stigmatizes any non-heterosexual form of behavior, identity, relationship, or community.
In 1992, Warren Blumenfeld edited the text Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price, which highlighted the ways in which heterosexism, or homophobia as defined by Blumenfeld, hurts the members of the heterosexual community. While GLBT people are “marginalized and disenfranchised” by heterosexism, this form of oppression serves “the dominant group [heterosexuals] by establishing and maintaining power and mastery” over the nonheterosexual minority (8). Despite the privileges assumed by heterosexuals as a result of this power, they, too, pay a price. As outlined by Blumenfeld, heterosexism hurts heterosexuals in the following ways:

First, heterosexism locks people into “rigid gender-based roles that inhibit creativity and self expression” (8).
Second, heterosexism “compromises the integrity of heterosexual people by pressuring them to treat others badly, actions contrary to their basic humanity” (9).
Third, heterosexism “greatly restricts communication with a significant portion of the populations” (Blumenfeld, 1992, 9-10)... As noted by Jung and Smith (1993), “[T]he dishonesty, secretiveness, manipulation, hatred, and ostracism fostered by heterosexism undermine the development of healthy social interaction” (95).

Fourth, heterosexism can be used to “stigmatize, silence, and on occasion, target people who are perceived by others as gay, lesbian, or bisexual but who are in actuality heterosexual” (Blumenfeld, 1992, 11)...According to the Community United Against Violence (CUAV), an agency that serves the victims of anti-gay and antilesbian violence, “3 percent of the over three hundred victims seen by CUAV each year identify as heterosexuals” (as cited in Vazquez, p. 160).

Finally, heterosexism “inhibits appreciation of other types of diversity, making it unsafe for everyone because each person has unique traits not considered mainstream or dominant” (Blumenfeld, 1992, 13). As demonstrated previously, heterosexism promotes stereotypes, based on physical traits or gender roles, associated with GLBT people that affect both the non-heterosexual minority and the heterosexual community. Thus, heterosexism inhibits appreciation of diversity.

From Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender College Students, by Ronni Sanlo, EdD, pp. 269-271.

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At 09:51, Blogger lovin' it said...

"Forgive this long post but while doing some research I ran across this book which clearly outlines some current cultural issues for the GLBT community. It has given me some insight (and perhaps pity) for heterosexist mentalities:"

1. You call this insight into the heterosexual mindset? LOL More like self-congratulatory blather.

2. Trust me, we aren't looking for any pity. We conservatives really are pretty happy with ourselves and our country. All we want to do is keep it from being distorted beyond recognition.

At 21:03, Blogger dorsano said...

It appears that in lovinit's mind, all heterosexuals are "conservatives"

And all "conservatives" are like him/her.

Now if I reasoned like him/her and I came across lovinit

I'd say all "conservatives" reason from the specific to the general

and that might explain why the conservative movement reached its apex with the sorriest excuse for a president of the United States that we've ever produced

but I don't reason that way so I'll have to find some other reason to explain this president.

At 07:13, Blogger RedStateExile said...

I don't know, Dorsano, this yahoo, swarmy, sneaky president is pretty indicative of most "conservatives" I've met.

Except they are usually at two ends of the spectrum, don't have two dimes to rub together and about as many brain cells or way too smart and rich and use this over the former group (a group that fantasizes about being like the latter group). Then you top it off with a few mentions of "God" and "Jesus" then undergird it with a lot of lyin', cheatin', stealin', and killin' and the stage is set for a whole lot of madness.

I would say that explains how we got where we are, but I know that's not all of it. Oh, no...there's the apologists and the fencesitters that make excuses. They're on both sides of the political spectrum. I know a lot of those too. We can't blame ALL of it on the nutcases (no matter how much fun it is) because 30% (or whatever the sucky approval rating is now) ain't enough.


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