Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism Suzanne Pharr

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In this article by Suzanne Pharr the idea of homophobia is placed as a main judgement of people. Women are especially judged to be lesbians if they believe or act differently than the ideal “Stepford Wife”. Even if a woman is not sexually a lesbian, if she does not act in the “normal” way one is thought to be a homosexual. All humans are judged in this way but Pharr places more of an emphasis on woman in the homophobic life.

Suzanne Pharr stated in her article “In her view, homophobia has been one of the major causes of the failure of the women’s liberation movement to make deep and lasting change.” Now just because people are gay in the feminist community should not be a reason the liberation is failing. there are gay men as well and men still are “ruling” as a majority. Women are not in power not because of lesbians. I feel as though some base their opinions on something in order to blame to have a reason for an issue.


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