Discussion 5: Sexuality and Heterosexism
The term heterosexism is used to describe the belief that heterosexuality is the norm or superior. Heterosexual privilege gives unearned and unchallenged advantages and rewards to straight people because of their sexual orientation. These same benefits are not automatically granted to LGBTQIA+ people.
Heterosexism is manifested in both personal behavior and social institutions. Unlike homophobia (i.e. the irrational fear of homosexuals), the prevalence of heterosexism in social institutions can result in the denial of services, resources, and civil rights.
The following are the components of heterosexual privilege:
1. The assumption that everyone is heterosexual.
2. Heterosexuality is the only “normal” sexual orientation.
3. Social institutions, laws, and public policies may exclude the acknowledgment of other sexual orientations or deny rights to LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Please respond to the following questions. Use and cite at least 2 of the week’s resources in your response.
What are some of the “single stories” we have in our culture about LGBTQIA+ people in our culture? How did you learn these stories?
Consider the last 2-3 movies or TV shows you have watched. How many LGBTQIA+ characters were represented in them? How were these characters portrayed compared to straight characters?
If you were a television or movie executive or director, how could you improve diversity in your industry? Why might this be important?
Provide your initial post by 11:59 pm on Sunday. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length, excluding the discussion prompt and the references. Please use in-text APA citations within your post as well as full APA references at the end of your post.
This discussion forum is an opportunity for you to explore topics that interest you; share critical insights and questions that you are working with; share your struggles and triumphs; and discuss difficulties that may have arisen this week. Your initial post should describe your experiences in the course this past week, prompting further discussion. Address at least two of the following questions:
What caused you to view the world around you differently or examine a topic from a different perspective?
What struck you as you explored the course materials this week?
What insights have you had?
Return to the IAT website (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html) and take the Sexuality IAT. Share your results or impressions of this IAT and how it relates to the readings and other materials from this week.
What questions have come up for you at this point?
Do you have any helpful tips that you’ve picked up in this course or in a past course?
You are required to post at least 150 total words in this forum this week. You can post one time or ten times, the only requirements are that you post at least 150 words total and that you engage in conversation related to course content. This Open Discussion forum is a place for you to collaborate and connect with your classmates, as well as support one another. Ask questions, answer questions, provide extra resources you found that are interesting, or engage in a debate about something you learned this week.
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Discussion 5: Sexuality and Heterosexism
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