The Invention of Heterosexuality<br />Jonathan Katz, pp. 68-80<br />
Early Victorian True Love<br />1820-1860: “White”/European perspective of love characterized by “purity,” not pleasure or ...
Heterosexuality: The First Years, 1892-1900<br />First US use was in a medical journal in 1982.<br />“The idea of heterose...
Heterosexual Hegemony: 1945-1965<br />1930-1st reference to the hetero/homo duo in the New York Times.<br />Hegemony: is t...
Social Construction of Homosexuals<br />“…Has led to the development of a powerful gay liberation identity politics based ...
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  1. 1. The Invention of Heterosexuality<br />Jonathan Katz, pp. 68-80<br />
  2. 2. Early Victorian True Love<br />1820-1860: “White”/European perspective of love characterized by “purity,” not pleasure or sensuality.<br />Focus of sex was on procreation and marriage.<br />1860-1892: “Heterolust” began to be documented. Family went from producer to consumer; consumption of pleasure.<br />“The erotic became the raw material for a new consumer culture.”<br />“The creation of the new Normal Sexual had its counterpart in the invention of the late Victorial Sexual Pervert.” p. 71<br />
  3. 3. Heterosexuality: The First Years, 1892-1900<br />First US use was in a medical journal in 1982.<br />“The idea of heterosexuality as the master sex from which all others deviated was (like the idea of the master race) deeply authoritarian. The doctors’ normalization of a sex that was hetero proclaimed a new heterosexual separatism—an erotic apartheid that forcefully segregated the sex normals from the sex perverts.” (Katz, 73)<br />
  4. 4. Heterosexual Hegemony: 1945-1965<br />1930-1st reference to the hetero/homo duo in the New York Times.<br />Hegemony: is the political, economic, ideological or cultural power exerted by a dominant group over other groups, regardless of the explicit consent of the latter. <br />In 1948, Kinsey challenged the hetero hegemony/norm with his research on sexuality, asking what is normal and abnormal sexuality? “The living world is a continuum.”<br />
  5. 5. Social Construction of Homosexuals<br />“…Has led to the development of a powerful gay liberation identity politics based on the ethnic group model. This has freed generations of women and men from a deep, painful, socially induced sense of shame, and helped to bring about a society-wide liberalization of attitudes and responses to homosexuals.” 76<br />According to Gore Vidal, <br />“There is no such thing as homosexual or heterosexual person. There are only homo- and heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices…we have allowed our governors to divide the population in to two teams. One team is good, godly, straight; the other is evil, sick and viscous.” 76<br />

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