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 Homophobia:
negative
feelings,
attitudes,
and/or fear of
homosexuality
and those
perceived as
being gay,
lesbian,
transs...
 Heterosexism:
systemic
privilege granted
to heterosexuals
in the
institutions of
society
The legal right to marry, and t...
 Compulsory
Heterosexuality:
Institutional and
cultural systems
that assume
heterosexuality as
the norm and
reinforce its...
Heterosexism & homophobia work together to:
1. Enforce compulsory heterosexuality
- Example: Male locker-rooms often work ...
1. Loss of job
2. Loss of acceptance, love, support from family
3. Loss of children (inability to adopt)
4. Lack of legal ...
1. Loss of job
2. Loss of acceptance, love, support from family
3. Loss of children (inability to adopt)
4. Lack of legal ...
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Heterosexism and homophobia

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Heterosexism and homophobia

  1. 1.  Homophobia: negative feelings, attitudes, and/or fear of homosexuality and those perceived as being gay, lesbian, transsexual, or transgender Above, victim of homophobic violence during a protest against gay marriage in Paris (April 2013).
  2. 2.  Heterosexism: systemic privilege granted to heterosexuals in the institutions of society The legal right to marry, and the tax, medical, and insurance benefits that go along with marriage, are examples of how heterosexuality is privileged.
  3. 3.  Compulsory Heterosexuality: Institutional and cultural systems that assume heterosexuality as the norm and reinforce its power and privilege with legal, economic, and cultural structures Example: Barbie and Ken are ways our culture has institutionalized being straight; heterosexuality is the default.
  4. 4. Heterosexism & homophobia work together to: 1. Enforce compulsory heterosexuality - Example: Male locker-rooms often work to police the sexuality of male athletes and perpetuate homophobia. 2. Enforce nuclear family as root of patriarchal power - Example: one of the biggest arguments against same- sex marriage is that homosexuals cannot naturally have children together.
  5. 5. 1. Loss of job 2. Loss of acceptance, love, support from family 3. Loss of children (inability to adopt) 4. Lack of legal or economic privilege and protection 5. Lack of physical safety 6. Mental health is often threatened 7. Lack of community, allies 8. Loss of credibility, respect
  6. 6. 1. Loss of job 2. Loss of acceptance, love, support from family 3. Loss of children (inability to adopt) 4. Lack of legal or economic privilege and protection 5. Lack of physical safety 6. Mental health is often threatened 7. Lack of community, allies 8. Loss of credibility, respect

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