Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price

Overview

The hatred of lesbians, gay males, and bisexuals remains an "acceptable" prejudice in our society, despite the widespread damage it causes in all of our lives. Inviting sexual minorities and heterosexual men and women to become allies in the fight against homophobia, the contributors to this anthology explore how homophobia colludes with sexism by forcing people into rigid gender roles; how homophobia causes unnecessary pain and alienation in family relationships; how it works against health-care policy and arts ...
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Overview

The hatred of lesbians, gay males, and bisexuals remains an "acceptable" prejudice in our society, despite the widespread damage it causes in all of our lives. Inviting sexual minorities and heterosexual men and women to become allies in the fight against homophobia, the contributors to this anthology explore how homophobia colludes with sexism by forcing people into rigid gender roles; how homophobia causes unnecessary pain and alienation in family relationships; how it works against health-care policy and arts administration that would benefit all members of society; and how homophobia leaves the policies of religious insitutions unfulfilled 
In both personal and analytical essays, the contributors show how the fight to end homophobia is everyone's fight if we are to bring about a less oppressive and more productive society. They offer concrete suggestions on transforming attitudes, behaviors and institutions. 
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Editorial Reviews

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'This invaluable collection of essays makes forcefully clear that homophobia stunts the hater even as it oppresses the hated. In a country like ours, so intolerant of differentness, there can be no more important message.'--Martin Duberman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807079195
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,368,240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Blumenfield is a writer and gay activist who frequently conducts antihomophobia workshops in schools, businesses, and other institutions. He is also the coauthor of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Definitions and Origins: Homophobia and Other Oppressions
1 Squeezed into Gender Envelopes 23
2 S(h)ifting the Terms of Hetero/Sexism: Gender, Power, Homophobias 39
3 Racism and Homophobia as Reflections on Their Perpetrators 57
4 Moving beyond Binary Thinking 67
II Children, Families, and Homophobia
5 From Silence to Suicide: Measuring a Mother's Loss 79
6 "It Has Nothing to Do with Me" 95
7 "In the Best Interests of the Child": Thoughts on Homophobia and Parenting 114
8 Homophobia, Homosexuality, and Heterosexual Marriage 131
III Other Societal Manifestations of Homophobia
9 Appearances 157
10 Lesbian Baiting as Sexual Harassment: Women in the Military 167
11 Loving What Is Real: Toward an Inclusive Jewish Family 177
12 True to Our Tradition 187
13 Homophobia, Censorship, and the Arts 205
14 Homophobia and AIDS Public Policy 217
IV Breaking Free
15 On Being Heterosexual in a Homophobic World 235
16 Homophobia and the Healing of Society 249
17 Benefits for Nonhomophobic Societies: An Anthropological Perspective 258
Appendix: Conducting Antiheterosexism Workshops: A Sample 275
Contributors 303
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