Progay/Antigay: The Rhetorical War Over Sexuality
Sage Publications, Feb 3, 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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The Nature of the Opposition and Restoration of Representation Vilification of the
opposition arising from mutual incomprehension was a salient feature of the
DOMA debate. Opponents of DOMA described proponents as mean spirited
In counterattack, supporters of DOMA used the condensation symbol "radical" in
describing their opponents as "extremists who are bent on completely eradicating
the concept of marriage as all civilizations not only know it but have known it" ...
(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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