Every time a culture labels an oppressive group of people, an unwanted image becomes part of a lethal heterosexual social normative. That is not to say homophobia should be put on a pedestal because similarly other oppressive topics like racism and sexism need to be addressed. A primary oppression is one that affects the lives of those gravely, whether they be female, people of color, or a gay man. In todays America racism is a huge issue with respect to fighting this cultural war by ironically promoting bad stigmas against those that already being oppressed through forms of multimedia text and language. Frames are being constructed out of false images of particular groups of people for things that they have no control over. A colored man does not choose to be born to the parents he is born to. A girl who is born in a boys body should not feel victimized that forces to fit into a picture image for their own sleazy commercial benefits.
As I reflect on reading Homophobia: Why Bring It Up by Barbara Smith, I realize that homophobia is honestly not as prevalent of an issue as should it be. It is a scarcely influencing derogatory word that is effects 10% of people who will identify as lesbian, gay, trans, or queer (Smith). Or the 10% of colleagues that identify as a lesbian woman or a gay man. Regardless of our intent to be ironic or witty, our privilege tends to shroud our vision to empathize or have the compassion to understand what people carry. It is astonishing to me how the oppressed become the oppressor. Out of all of the issues like poverty, hunger, famine, disease, and rape to name only a few, people choose to get hung up over what other people are doing. Somehow sexuality and gender become the talk of the town while your innate characteristics are paraded around to mature into this perfect image of false advertising. I was intrigued by Dinah’s trepidation to share anything about her sexuality wither her therapist Dr. Raeburn in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by . He was more intuitive than she painted him to originally be by making interesting observations toward her cautious dishonest responses. He began by saying “That constantly saying what one doesn’t mean accustoms the mouth to meaningless phrases.” He continued by saying “Maybe you’ll understand that when you need to express something truly significant, your mouth will revert to insignificant nonsense it knows so well.” He scrutinizes Dinah’s ability to be open-minded about something that confused her and she could not fully understand. I did not find Dr. Raeburn’s ability to be so casual with Dinah easy to understand. Though I say that, and I hate therapists and psychiatrists like children hate clowns. Please feel free to respond to my post.
Natasha A. Bianco