America's War On Sex Analysis

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“Everyone has a right to their opinion” Democracy is based on the idea that every person should have an equal voice. Dr. Klien’s book America’s War on Sex examines how a vocal minority is able to impose their will over the majority of US citizens, affecting an attitude of moralistic protection, while at the same time hypocritically engaging in the same acts that they so vehemently condemn. This minority exploits the weaknesses of the majority, its indifference to a particular topic, its fear of going against the perceived status quo of morality, and its apathetic nature in fighting for issues it supports. This minority of people is so threatened by any sort of progressive attitude that they stand together in fear, it produces such terror…show more content…
A great many have no personal stake in the rights of a group such as homosexuals, perhaps no knowing any, so are less inclined to fight on their side. These people, who may not have a particular objection to an issue such as gay marriage, tend to err on the side of what is generally perceived as “good”. This could derive from simply wishing to follow the status quo, or not to rock the boat. With no direct attachment to a cause, they have no motivation to go out and support it. Others who do support the efforts for equality are often forced side with the religious right for fear of the repercussions that such a solid, motivated power base can bring to bear. The religious right has been successful in creating the illusion that they represent the majority of Americans, and as such create an environment that makes standing up for the rights of oppressed groups deemed to be deviant, a significant social risk. The success of the religious right at fragmenting the much larger moderate portion of the country has effectively isolated minorities, such as LGTB communities, forcing them to fight for rights that the true majority of the country actually supports. The religious right has essentially neutralized the voting public making social reform
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