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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 Duberman

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (June 13, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079195
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Homophobia How We All Pay the Price by, Warren Blumenfled was one of the best books I have ever read. He spoke of very concise yet real issues of today's society. His wisdom for not only the perspective of that of gays, but also for those who are heterosexual really feed knowledge into the minds of his readers. He portrayed the role from both sides of the fence without offending or bringing forth any controversial statements. His facts were true and to the point, he allowed the reader whether of any gender or sexual preference to relate and identify his purpose for exploring the reality behind homophobia. Blumenfled's style supplied the reader with statistics and imperative concrete information, which I personally felt, was great. His voice should be documented for years to come for his honesty if nothing more. Warren Blumenfled, "Perhaps paradoxically, for many in our society, love of sameness (i.e. Homo-sexuality) makes people different, whereas love of difference (i.e. Hetero-sexuality) makes people the same."
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This is an excellent anthology on heterosexism and homophobia and how it affects us all. It is edited by Blumenfeld but each essay is written by a different author, giving us all different viewpoints as the authors are young, old, gay, straight, white, not-white and more.
This book is about more than just homophobia. It addressed heterosexism, bisexism, gender stereotypes, homosexual parenting, suicide of homosexuals, heterosexual marriage of gays and lesbians, lesbian baiting, censorship, AIDS and breaking free of homophobia.
I have learned a lot from this book and thought of things from a perspective I might not have thought about had I not read this book. For example, at the end of Chapter 12, there is a Heterosexual Questionnaire by Martin Rochlin, Ph.D. It is designed to be full of questions that homophobes ask homosexuals. Seeing it the other way around just proves how silly the questions gays are asked really are.
For example, "What do you think caused your heterosexuality?" or "Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of members of the same sex?" or "The great majority of child molesters (95%) are heterosexuals. Do you really consider it safe to expose your children to heterosexual teachers?" That last questions contains a very true fact often conveniently 'forgotten' or more accurately, 'ignored' when accusing homosexuals of constantly molesting children. It simply isn't true.
Chapter 17 is by far my favourite chapter. In it, the author talks about Nadles, Berdaches and Winktes. These are homosexuals of the Navajos, American Indian and Lakota people respectively.
In these cultures, men and women are considered equals and therefore, a feminine man is not lowering himself.
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