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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as progay, we find such purposes entirely congenial. As activists, we find nothing
objectionable to discrediting the worldview and rebutting the truth claims of
antigay opponents. But, as rhetorical critics seeking to understand the symbolic
The Rhetorical War Over Sexuality Ralph R. Smith, Russel Rayl Windes ... This
conclusion has led many rhetorical critics to accept the view that public debate
should be conceived as "discursive symbolic action between rhetors and
Rhetorical critics have noticed that antagonistic enjoinment is a characteristic of
social movement. They have observed that "confrontational rhetoric enables the
movement to define itself to its members as well as to the outside world" (Short, ...
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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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