Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Pharr Homophobia

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After reading “Homophobia” I believe that lesbian-baiting does not keep women “in line” because we all have a preference in which gender we are attracted to. We don’t live in a society anymore where a woman needs approval from a man. As far as economic power is concerned there are more successful women on the planet today than there have ever been. Let’s take Ellen Degeneres for example who is a lesbian yet she is successful in her career. If lesbian-baiting does anything it discriminates women. If a woman chooses to sleep with another woman she will be labeled as a lesbian but if she sleeps with multiple men to prove to everyone that she is straight she will be ridiculed and be labeled as a slut. The only reason lesbian-baiting is successful at times is because society looks down upon homophobia because there are a few people out there who think it’s a sin because they believe they know how to paraphrase a book that was written thousands of years ago. Lesbian-baiting does not keep women in line because they were never out of line to begin with. The ones who need to be kept in line are the ones who use this tactic to harass individuals.

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One thought on “Pharr Homophobia

  1. good argument & i also like how you illustrated Frye’s double bind as well with “If a woman chooses to sleep with another woman she will be labeled as a lesbian but if she sleeps with multiple men to prove to everyone that she is straight she will be ridiculed and be labeled as a slut.”

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