Progay/antigay: the rhetorical war over sexuality
Sage Publications, Feb 10, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
Combining humanistic rhetorical criticism with social scientific concepts, Ralph R. Smith and Russel R. Windes examine how the discourse of the progay/antigay debate shapes the self-understanding and strategies of the two opposing sides.
The struggle over issues such as lesbians and gay men serving openly in the military, same-sex marriage, and inclusion of "sexual orientation" in anti-discrimination and hate crime laws have evolved along with the development of rival progay and traditionalist antigay communities. In the process of presenting their arguments to the wider society, the two sides exercise extraordinary influence on each other. As a result of the public policy debates, the progay movement has moved toward an essentialist, non-sexual identity, while the traditionalists have shifted toward a secular public self-representation. Progay/Antigay also analyzes the internal disagreements within the two movements.
The same-sex marriage debate illustrates important dimensions of the contest over sexuality. The authors examine rhetorical strategy and counter-strategy in this specific institutional context. Progay/Antigay also discusses how the study of the variant sexuality issue provides the opportunity to assess paths for reconciliation and to judge concepts of political pluralism and multiculturalism.
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Gay Marriage and Civil Rights The DOMA debate also illustrates the dynamics of
a progay interpretive package which emphasizes civil rights. DOMA opponents
maintained that extending the right to marry to lesbian/gay persons was an ...
Anti-DOMA advocates attacked elements of the moral case for DOMA. The state's
action in granting marriage was described as morally neutral. Representative
Frank, for instance, asked: What kind of an almost totalitarian notion is it to say
(S10124) The themes of government intrusion into States' rights and into private
life were often interwoven in a depiction of DOMA proponents hypocritically
limiting freedom. Moseley-Braun declaimed that it is almost curious that the very ...
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Emergence of the Variant Sexuality Issue Culture
Analysis of Communication in Contests
Appeals in Progay and Traditionalist Discourses
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