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Heterosexism, the assumption that all people are or should be heterosexual, also includes the concept of homophobia , the fear and hatred of homosexuals. These deeply rooted prejudices result in widely accepted discrimination, harassment, and violence, taking a heretofore unacknowledged toll on not only homosexuals but society at large. Drawing parallels to racism and sexism, this collection of 17 thought-provoking essays by gay, bisexual, and straight men and women explores various levels of homophobia as a means of social control, demonstrating that we are all both victims and oppressors in such arenas as religious institutions, social policy, family, and other unexpected aspects of our lives. An appendix offers helpful suggestions for running anti-homophobia workshops. Highly recommended.
- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Unbound edition.
'This invaluable collection of essays makes forcefully clear that homophobia stunts the hater even as it oppresses the hated. In a country like ours, so intolerant of differentness, there can be no more important message.'--Martin DubermanSee all Editorial Reviews