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 Homophobia | TEACH Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
It can also mean hatred of and disparagement of homosexual people, their lifestyles, their sexual behaviors, or cultures, and is generally used to assert bigotry.[1] Opposition to same-sex activism on religious, moral, or political grounds may also be referred to as homophobia.
They regard the reason male homosexuality is treated worse compared to female homosexuality as sexist in its underlying belief that men are superior to women and therefore for a man to "replace" a woman during intercourse with another man is his own subjection to (non-male) inferiority.
The word homophobia has come to describe any kind of opposition to homosexuality of any sort, but its interesting that part of their (homosexuals') goal was to shift the emphasis from what many perceived to be a homosexual problem, away from the homosexual activity itself, and towards the attitude people have about homosexuality...
www.teachproject.org /homophobia   (2126 words)

  
 Homosexuality information information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Thus it is common for homosexual individuals in heteronormative societies to love, marry, and have children with individuals of the opposite sex, a practice that may be done primarily for social reasons in societies which reject same-sex relations, as a cover for one's orientation (such relationships are known as "beards").
Homosexual behaviour is common in the animal kingdom, especially in species closer to humans on the evolutionary scale, such as the great apes.
Homosexuality in Japan, variously known as shudo or nanshoku, terms influenced by Chinese literature, has been documented for over one thousand years and was an integral part of Buddhist monastic life and the samurai tradition.
c10-ss-1-lb.cnet.com /reference/homosexuality   (9214 words)

  
 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.09.45
This framework is reinforced by a dazzling and colourful tour of Europe and the Far East, from the boudoirs of the Han dynasty to the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition, from the courts of medieval kings to the workshops of renaissance artists, and from Shakespearean England to the Japanese kabuki stage.
Homosexuality and Civilization is a lively, diverse and coherent work with much to offer popular and academic readers as it introduces them to a huge variety of people and places, literary texts and artistic works, thus providing them with a synthesis of material relevant to the history of sexuality.
But perhaps most importantly, given the author's overtly political agenda, it highlights strongly the cultural contingency of contemporary attitudes towards homosexuals and homosexuality; it awakens the Western reader to the manifold horrors perpetrated by his or her ancestors and reminds them that there can be another way.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2004/2004-09-45.html   (1519 words)

  
 Societal attitudes towards homosexuality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Homosexual sex acts may be illegal, especially under sodomy laws, and where they are legal, the age of consent often differs from country to country.
The finding that attitudes to alternative sexualities correlate strongly with nature of contact and with personal beliefs is stated in a variety of research over a substantial time period, and conservative men and women stand out in their views specifically.
Attitudes toward homosexuality have changed in western societies in the latter part of the 20th century, accompanied by a greater acceptance of gay men and women into both secular and religious institutions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Societal_attitudes_towards_homosexuality   (6140 words)

  
 Homosexuality Information
Homosexuality in male sheep (found in 6-10% of rams) is associated with variations in cerebral mass distribution and chemical activity.
Investigation into parent-child relations of homosexual and heterosexual men is heavily documented in research literature, and a link between the absence of sufficient bonding with samesex parent or role models and the development of adult male homosexuality has been proposed.
While true of homosexuality as a scientific or psychological category, there are examples from earlier ages of those viewing their sexuality as a part of a human identity and not merely a sexual act.
homosexuality.researchtoday.net /about-homosexuality.htm   (8241 words)

  
 AMA - Position Statement
Homosexuality is defined as the sexual and emotional attraction to members of the same sex, and has existed in most societies for as long as sexual beliefs and practices have been recorded.
1.1 Homosexuality is defined as the sexual and emotional attraction to members of the same sex, and has existed in most societies for as long as sexual beliefs and practices have been recorded.
Subsequently homosexuality was recognised as a form of sexual orientation or expression rather than a mental illness.
www.ama.com.au /web.nsf/doc/WEEN-5GA2YX   (1956 words)

  
 Societal attitudes towards homosexuality Sociology
Societal attitudes towards same sex relations, construed in radically different ways, have varied over the centuries, usually exhibiting a combination of admiration and disapproval depending on the form of the relations.
In some cultures influenced by anti-gay religious dogma, homosexuality is still considered unnatural, a perversionand has been outlawed (see sodomy law, public order crime).
Some people fear exposing their children to homosexuals in unsupervised settings, lest they be molested, raped, or recruited to be homosexuals themselves.
www.lumrix.net /medical/sociology/societal_attitudes_towards_homosexuality.html   (1492 words)

  
 dCult.com - dedicated to the exploration of cultural policy
Many of these groups support reparative therapy to cure homosexuality or stricter laws to prevent individuals engaging freely in homosexual activity, much in the same way as any other harmful mental illness or inappropriate aberration (which is how they tend to view it).
In 1976 the historian Michel Foucault argued that homosexuality as a concept did not exist as such in the 18th century; that people instead spoke of "sodomy" (which involved specific sexual acts regardless of the sex of the actors) as a crime that was often ignored but sometimes punished severely (see sodomy law).
He further argued that it was in the 19th century that homosexuality came into existence as practitioners of emerging sciences and arts sought to classify and analyze different forms of sexuality.
www.dcult.com /cDiversity/sOrientation.html   (3462 words)

  
 Homophobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Homophobia is the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.
Disapproval of homosexuality and of homosexuals is not evenly distributed throughout society, but is more or less pronounced according to age, sex, social class, education and religious status.
The gay-bashing of boys seen as eccentric (and who are not usually homosexual) is claimed to be endemic in rural and suburban American schools, and has been associated with risk-taking behavior and outbursts of violence (such as a spate of fatal school shootings) by boys seeking revenge or trying to assert their masculinity.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homophobia   (4227 words)

  
 GMax - Africa: No condoms in Swazi prisons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
While conceding that there was homosexual activity in prisons, the organisation says the distribution of condoms will only encourage indulgence in the "unnatural" practice.
Reshaping attitudes Despite official intolerance of homosexuality, some civic groups in the sub-region are beginning to reshape societal attitudes towards homosexuality by campaigning for safer sex in prisons.
While such programmes may still be impracticable in more conservative Swaziland, societal attitudes towards homosexuality appear to be changing, with society beginning to accept it as a real, if unwanted phenomenon.
www.gmax.co.za /look/10/16-MASKswazi.html   (837 words)

  
 [PRISONACT] IRIN Focus on safe-sex in prisons
What has long passed for consensual homosexual sex relations in many if not most of the prisons of the world may be in reality sexual assault, also known as "rape." As such, it is plain and simple TORTURE--the infliction of severe physical and/or emotional pain as punishment and/or coercion.
In prisons in the United States of America, it has been found that the homosexual population is just a few percent, very similar to the population in free society.
Blaming homosexuals for prisoner rape is unfounded, unfair, a cover-up of the true culprits--conservative prison administrators.
www.prisonactivist.org /pipermail/prisonact-list/2001-January/003490.html   (1627 words)

  
 A review by Johnny Skeptic of Ho
If a homosexual believes that God does not want him to practice a homosexual lifestyle, and will possibly send him to hell, in some cases that is distress enough on its own to cause a homosexual to go to a reparative therapy clinic.
Regarding non-religious homosexuals who are interested in reparative therapy, I suspect that many of those cases are the result of a lack of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and from a failure to seek standard treatment from mental health professionals who have a good deal of experience counseling homosexuals.
Homosexual men had a higher 12-mo prevalence of mood disorders and anxiety disorders than did heterosexual men, while homosexual women had a higher 12-mo prevalence of substance use disorders than did heterosexual women.
www.johnnyskeptic75.com   (10540 words)

  
 AEGiS-IRIN: Southern Africa: Focus on safe-sex in prisons
The UN agency said in a report compiled with southern African NGOs that studies had uncovered a practice of rampant homosexuality in prisons in the sub-region.
While conceding that there was homosexual activity in prisons, the organisation said the distribution of condoms would only encourage indulgence in the "unnatural" practice.
Despite official intolerance of homosexuality, some civic groups in the sub-region are beginning to reshape societal attitudes towards homosexuality by campaigning for safer sex in prisons.
www.aegis.com /news/irin/2001/IR010101.html   (1078 words)

  
 Gender role - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The current trend in Western societies toward men and women sharing similar occupations, responsibilities and jobs suggests that the sex one is born with does not directly determine one's abilities.
One could argue that since many homosexual men and women fall into one gender role or another or are androgynous, that gender roles are not strictly determined by a person's physical sex.
(See Societal attitudes towards homosexuality.) The belief or assumption that heterosexual relationships and acts are "normal" is described — largely by the opponents of this viewpoint — as heterosexism or in queer theory, heteronormativity.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gender_role   (5348 words)

  
 The Daily Princetonian - Hollinghurst details journey to Booker Prize
Hollinghurst's novel breaks new ground, however, because it is the first gay novel — one written directly from the perspective of a homosexual character — to win the Booker in the prize's 35-year history.
Through the affluent world of Toby's family, led by a politically ambitious father, Nick is exposed to cosmopolitan London and explores his own homosexuality, entwining himself in romances while renouncing his middle-class background.
Hollinghurst said he is pleased his novel is the first book focused on homosexuality to win the prize, but modestly pointed out that there have not been many similar books which might have been eligible for the Booker in the past.
www.dailyprincetonian.com /archives/2004/11/29/news/11578.shtml   (1418 words)

  
 MESJ Resolutions
Homosexuality arouses in our society feelings of hostility that go beyond moral disapproval, as a result of which people who identify as gay or lesbian, or who are suspected of being gay or lesbian, become targets of ridicule, rejection, intimidation, and violence; AND
People who identify as gay or lesbian find themselves in situations difficult to reconcile with a commitment to basic human decency, such as fearing for their jobs or being unable to adopt children whom they have undertaken to raise.
Latter-day Saints have been called to work for "the establishment of full civil equality for all of God's children" (Conference Report [Oct. 1963]: 91) and to practice "tolerance one for another regardless of the doctrines and philosophies which we may espouse" (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 665).
www.gomakecontact.com /mesj/resolutions/resolutions-folder/gayrights.html   (307 words)

  
 [PRISONACT] Focus on safe-sex in prisons in Southern Africa
> >Reshaping attitudes > >Despite official intolerance of homosexuality, some civic groups in the >sub-region are beginning to reshape societal attitudes towards >homosexuality by campaigning for safer sex in prisons.
However,andnbsp; governments'
refusal to acknowledge the problem means that inmates forced by
circumstances into same-sex relationships are denied the right to safe
sex.

The UN agency said in a report compiled with southern African NGOs that
studies had uncovered a practice of rampant homosexuality in prisons in
the sub-region.
The government
conservatively expects the number of AIDS-related deaths, currently
estimated at 50,000, to rise to around 300,000 by the year 2016.

According to UNAIDS, attitudes that inadvertently expose homosexuals to
HIV-infection are not unique to Swaziland.
www.prisonactivist.org /pipermail/prisonact-list/2001-January/003377.html   (1405 words)

  
 Roz Mov - An Opinion Poll: The Attitudes of Greeks towards Homosexuality and Gay Marriage
Roz Mov - An Opinion Poll: The Attitudes of Greeks towards Homosexuality and Gay Marriage
An Opinion Poll: The Attitudes of Greeks towards Homosexuality and Gay Marriage
The September 1996 issue of the magazine Gynaika, reported the results of an opinion poll counting the the attitudes of greeks towards homosexuality and gay marriage.
www.qrd.org /qrd/www/world/europe/greece/roz_mov/gynaika.html   (656 words)

  
 Every topic I speak of saves me an aneurism.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
As you walk around campus today keep in mind that each of these posters represents an individual on this campus.
Your actions towards these posters can be interpreted as acts of ignorance and agression towards these individuals.
Of the three sites one is chose because it's just information and the other two are chosen because they are for and against homosexuality.
www.public.iastate.edu /~bbodens/rants/rant1.html   (707 words)

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