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On how language and culture make people homophobic and transphobic
In a new guest post at Crossdreamers, Amilka González writes about what causes the bigotry of transphobes and homophobes.
The ideas that give life to homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, racism and xenophobia are reproduced through discourse.
It is important to understand that when we refer to discourse we refer to all the ways in which human beings use language: spoken and written mainly, but we can include images, symbols, internet memes, objects and gestures…
We will illustrate this with the problem of discrimination, which relates to the fact that we organize ourselves socially within an imagined order—country, state, monarchy, theocracy, democracy, capitalism, socialism, are social constructs imagined only by human beings—that legitimizes some kind of social hierarchy: free men vs. slaves, men vs. women, rich vs. poor, believers vs. infidels, whites vs. blacks, natives vs. foreigners, heterosexuals vs. homosexuals, cis vs. trans people.
Any idea or belief that suggests that the above oppositions have "natural" hierarchical relationships of superiority/inferiority, or morality/immorality, is based on fiction and arbitrariness.
The full article can be found here: Anti-LGBTIQ literature in the Spanish language.
The article was originally published on our new Spanish language site Mundo LGBTIQ: La literatura antiderechos LGBTIQ escrita en español
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