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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Recently, the most significant internal challenge to the lesbian and gay civil rights
movement has come from activists and scholars who under the sign "queer" have
challenged the ethnic identity model on which the new civil rights movement is ...
As part of queer theory's attempt to deconstruct sexuality, there has been a strong
effort to move beyond a dispute over collective identity. Adherents to this effort
believe that the "arcane polemics between constructionists and essentialists has
See also Collective action; Interpretive packages, issue cultures and;
Languaging strategies; Variant sexuality issue culture Purden, T. S., 159 Queer:
as term, xxiii, 116, 133, 140, 183 Queer activism, 151 Queer activists, 142 Queer
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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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