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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Similarly, sociologist Joshua Gamson (1998) shows how the changing guidelines
for success in reaching mass audiences create new rules for understanding the
behavior of both progay and antigay advocates. More generally, as philosopher ...
This concept can be pushed further by observing that in the progay/antigay
dialectic, each theme provokes an oppositional countertheme. "Gay rights"
necessarily produces "special rights." "Sodomy is sin" invokes "gay is good." The
In claiming an identity as opponents of right-wing extremists, progays argue that
they are an aggrieved party ... In summary, progay and antigay advocates help
shape one another's identities and reciprocally influence one another's ...
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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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