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The Construction of Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men - John DeCecco

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Discover new information and perspectives on why today's culture holds prejudice toward gay men and lesbians!The Construction of Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men explores the pervasiveness and widespread social acceptance of heterosexism in the United States by analyzing existing social and political systems for their representative beliefs. As a scholar or student of psychology, sociology, women's studies/gay & lesbian studies, or social work who is concerned with the need for positive change in attitudes toward same-sex relationships at cultural, this book is for you. You will learn more about current indicators of heterosexism and homonegativity at multiple levels of representation, and better understand the cultural obstacles and openings for attitudinal transformation.IIn The Construction of Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men, empirical research, critical social analysis, theoretical development, and case study applications are used to investigate negative attitudes toward homosexuals. Some of the individual, social, and cultural prejudices that you will examine include:

  • HIV/AIDS stigma and HIV/AIDS knowledge
  • negative legal imagery of homosexuals portrayed by courts, such as in the 1996 majority opinion in Romer v. Evans case
  • the lack of civil rights for homosexuals, including laws forbidding homosexual marriage
  • homophobia in academia based on institutional policies for spouse benefits
  • Judeo-Christian mythologies
  • stereotypical masculine and feminine images portrayed by the media
  • sociocultural and historical origins of sexism The Construction of Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men is a critical investigation of representations of homonegativism in American culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of individual identities and relational behaviors within today's dominant culture through an analysis of collective ideologies, institutional policies, and more. The immense research and knowledge contained in this book provides you with a multifaceted view of current indicators of heterosexism and homonegativity and works to eliminate anti-gay/lesbian prejudice.

About the Editorsp. vii
Contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Relationships Between Homophobia, HIV/AIDS Stigma, and HIV/AIDS Knowledgep. 1
The Concept and Functions of Stigmap. 2
The Concept and Functions of Negative Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Menp. 4
Previous Research Concerning Homophobia and HIV/AIDS-Related Attitudesp. 9
The Present Studyp. 9
Contested Identity: The Law's Construction of Gay and Lesbian Subjectsp. 19
An Analysis of Sexual Orientation Jurisprudencep. 23
Conclusionsp. 37
Homophobia in Academia: Examination and Critiquep. 43
Partner Benefits in Academiap. 45
Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Menp. 50
Critiquep. 56
Internalized Homophobia and Therapeutic Efficacyp. 65
Psychotherapy and Internalized Homophobiap. 70
A Model for Increased Therapeutic Efficacyp. 72
Case Studiesp. 79
Conclusionp. 84
Heterosexist Ideologies and Identity Development: A Transpersonal Viewp. 89
Transpersonal Psychologyp. 91
Heterosexism: Reductionistic and Polarizing Identificationsp. 93
The Uncertainty of Spiritual Development: Questions of Motivation and Abilityp. 103
Indexp. 111
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ISBN: 9781560239420
ISBN-10: 1560239425
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 17th September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1