Chapter 6 - Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation
Essay Question - How do the various theoretical perspectives explain inequality based on sexual orientation? Summarize each perspective and then explain which one you find most compelling and why.
Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual, Queer, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual they are all just different words for defining individuals.
Sexual behaviour whether heterosexual or homosexual is a learnt therefore the focus is on the development of the identity of which they identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight is the Interactionist perspective. It is assumed that most individuals define themselves as heterosexual because it is the ...view middle of the document...
(Kendall et al., 2004)”
The factionalist perspective drives importance on social structure and sexual orientation. They “… support the ideas of those people who do not believe homosexual conduct or marriage between lesbian or gays should be protected legally.” (Kendall et al., 2004) Therefore many societies reprimand homosexual conduct because it contradicts social norms.
This can be most prevalently seen in the recent changes to the United States in the Marriage Equality Act in June of 2015, which gave all American citizens the right to marry. This was a long journey as Canadian citizens have had the equal right since 2005. Though individuals had the right to marry and rushed to their local municipalities to do what heterosexuals have had the right to do for many years, one state was not as willing.
In a recent article from KPLC state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stated, "Louisiana voters decided overwhelmingly to place in our constitution an amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. I fought to uphold Louisiana's definition of traditional marriage, and I was the first attorney general in the nation to be successful at the federal court level. (Cooper, 2015)” There are 2 main points that society in the USA is ageist marriage equality. As soon as homosexual Americans were given the right to marry one state was not fulfilling with this new law. “Before the ruling, there were 14 states with laws preventing gay marriage. By 5 p.m. Friday, every one of those states except Louisiana had issued at least one marriage license for a same-sex couple. (Cooper, 2015)”
This issue is at the forefront of some religious leaders. Of course this come with aversion as individuals such as the Rick Scarborough “…a former Baptist pastor from Texas, who is also against same-sex marriage…by declaring that he will set himself on fire if the Supreme Court rules in favour of marriage equality. (Cabrera, 2015)”
These statements come about at the definition of marriage and if this begins then who says that the laws can permit polygamous relationships and can cause changes in monogamy. Homosexual individuals just want the same right to be able to contribute to society while having a family.
Chapter 7 - The Sex Trade in Canada
Essay Question: What are the characteristics of most sex trade workers in Canada (e.g. age, sex, education level, etc) and the characteristics of most “johns”? Comment on the differential social power held by each and the impact of this on the worker-customer relationship.
“You can buy a women for $10,000 and you can make your money back in a week if she I pretty and she is young. Then everything else is profit. (Kendall et al., 2004)” This statement is discussing, to think that any person can be “bought” for any price to be handled, as a commodity is never ok. Turning a profit off an individual which that individual does not receive the same profit is unjust. Nonetheless this is some of the reality of the...