Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism/ Pharr 1977

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This particular topic is always very hard for me to talk about, because although i’ve been taught throughout my life that it is wrong to be a Homosexual, who am I to judge anyone for their actions? It is completely wrong to call people out and humiliate them publically simply because they prefer to be with the same sex. Pharr writes in her article, “It is not by chance that when children approach puberty and increased sexual awareness they begin to taunt each other by calling these names: “queer,” “faggot,” “pervert.” It is at puberty that the full force of society’s pressure to conform to heterosexuality and prepare for marriage is brought to bear.” Number one, what kind of world are we living in if kids even know these words? Belittling people because of their preference is sickening to me. Most  people that have a problem with this behavior are people of Religion. I don’t know everything about the Bible, but I do know that one very important segment says “God is our only judge.”

Women who choose to be independent are often called lesbians. So, if we don’t NEED a man to get on with our lives we are automatically gay? Since when was it a bad thing to be comfortable with being alone? Women are expected to sit back and keep their polite little mouths shut and to only speak on matters such as: hair, cosmetics, cooking,  and celebrities. Although in the media there are many women who are doing a terrible job of portraying women in the 21st century, we are not ALL Barbie dolls and If I have anything in life it is an opinion. It’s disturbing to me that women are still being seen as people who don’t want a voice and don’t care one way or another what happens in the world, and if we do care and try to make a difference, we are lesbians. Pharr says, “Finally, we know that as long as the word lesbian can strike fear in any woman’s heart, then work on behalf of women can be stopped; the only successful work against sexism must include work against homophobia.” People need to stop worrying about what sexual orientation others are because regardless of the cruel words they may say to them, that won’t change how they feel. No one can start and successfully finish a movement toward eliminating sexism if we can’t get past the choices people make when choosing partners.


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