Construction of Attitudes Toward Lesbian

Author(s): Lynn Pardie, Tracy Luchetta (Eds.)

Non Fiction

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.


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General Fields

  • : 9781560239420
  • : Harrington Park
  • : Harrington Park
  • : March 1999
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 116
  • : English
  • : Lynn Pardie, Tracy Luchetta (Eds.)