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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In the 18th century, Blackstone wrote that sodomy should be a capital offence, on
the basis of the voice of nature and of reason, and the express law of God. ... Of
which we have a signal instance, long before the Jewish dispensation, by the ...
Civil rights issues are framed as protection for deviant behavior: "Does the
inclination to practice anal or oral sodomy (or related sexual practices) with
members of the same sex merit special legal safeguards?" (p. 31). Traditionalists
... Framing Social reality: as key site for conflict, 116 Social struggle, establishing
identity in, 95 Society for Human Rights, 16 Sodomite: as term, xxiii Sodomy, 86
as term of control, 40-41 See also Sodomy laws Sodomy laws, 75-76 abolition of,
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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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