The amount of coverage that Matthews murder received gave a lot of people the idea that his death was of more importance than the death of others in the town. It overshadowed other stories because unlike other murders or deaths, it was motivated by one boy’s sexuality and categorized as a hate crime. It served as an eye opener not only to the people of Laramie but also to the people of the country because discrimination against homosexuals was in some ways a social norm ( and still is), but because someone had actually been murdered because they were homosexual, this was considered by most to be downright unacceptable. In today’s society when you hear that someone was shot to death, it might get a couple days, or a couple minutes of media coverage and then the story will soon fade away, but when you hear that someone was shot and the motivation of the murder was race, or sexual orientation it is often more publicized and gains more media coverage. Although the media makes it out to seem that one’s person’s life is more valuable than another’s, what it comes down to is America’s response, if the media believes that America will have a greater response to one story, that is the story that will be the focus of the media.
What homophobic bigots really think argument PHI 103 Informal Logic Jessica VanGemert Instructor: Colette Jung January 17, 2015 I chose the article what do you homophobic bigots really think, because of the fact that it a modern argument that is going on in our society today. The writer Jesse Bering is clearly upset at that fact that so many people are disgusted by gay men and women and tend to ridicule them all the time for who they really are. In the outline below I will evaluate the argument and tell you the issue, the conclusion, the premises, and whether or not the argument is valid or not Steps for Evaluating an Argument | Steps | This means… | Your Argument (student completes) | 1. Identify the issue | The issue is the topic that is the focus of the argument and it can usually be stated as a question. | This issue for this argument is stated when Bering says “People are free in this country to say what they will, nasty though it is, about gays and lesbians.
ASSUMPTIONS, NOT FACT A Critique of William J. Bennett’s “Against Gay Marriage” It has become apparent that the issue of gay marriage has been a popular debate in our society, though lately its been receiving more attention. Gays would like the chance to marry legally so they can publicized their union and be accepted more in our society. While legalizing gay marriage can help the homosexual community, it comes at a cost. Changing the law for homosexuals could raise more issues for other laws to be changed as well, causing a bigger problem than what it was originally. William J. Bennett states in his article “Against Gay Marriage” that allowing gay marriage is not worth the damage it could bring.
The world has become more accepting to homosexuals because of advertisements like these. I wonder if a homosexual male would be turned on by these pictures. When a man sees a woman we first judge looks, examining it from a homosexual’s point of view, it makes sense that they would be turned on at first glance. Bordo’s example in “Male Decorativeness in Cultural Perspective” brings light to femininity in dressing style as well as masculinity. She uses Michael Jordan as an example of his masculinity in sports and femininity in dressing style.
Hermie also is much smaller in proportion with his body to the other elves. Most “gay” people in today’s society are smaller and skinnier than most men. Hermie’s hair shows that he represents the gay movement because it is done up and he has it flipped out in the front which most gay people make themselves stand out in ways like that. Hermie was a way that this movement could be represented but not boldly shown. Rudolph’s mom in the story gets pushed around
Homosexual Perspectives Historically being a gay man or a lesbian was a sin. According to the reading sodomy is a sin and was most likely the reason why Sodom was destroyed all those years ago. Historically any release of sperm not meant for procreation is a sin. However, in ancient Greece it was common for established men to form sexual relationships with young men about the age of growing a beard. There are pictures on vases that depict a man inserting his penis between a boy’s legs but not in the anus.
The armed forces are a special case, putting their employees into life-or-death situations where any mental distraction could be fatal. Men and women aren’t sent into combat together; why should gays and heterosexuals? If men constantly have to think about whether or not the man to his side that his life is depending on is a homosexual and may have feelings towards him is one of the biggest mental distraction you can get. If there is a law stating that homosexuals are prohibited in the military, well that would take out a huge part of mental distractions. The second argument that I will now hit on is the fact that with gays in the military it will increase the risk of attracting HIV or possibly AIDS, in the military.
When Tom was accused of rape, this was the most racist point in the book to me. The people of Maycomb automatically labeled him as guilty. If I were in his position I would have wanted to fight back. Atticus Finch, a local lawyer and one of the main characters, is appointed as Tom’s lawyer. He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape.
The World of a Homosexual In the essay “What Is a Homosexual,” Andrew Sullivan addresses what is to be a homosexual and that homosexuals have to hide themselves in their careers and in society because they are afraid in being rejected. The first part of essay includes his understanding of homosexual identity. The second part leads to psychological understanding of the term and the third part includes what is inherent in homosexual life. Sullivan begins by remembering when he was in high school being in the locker room, and he had a crush on one of the guys. The emotions that he felt when he saw the guy made him realize he had different preferences from the rest.