“I didn’t ask any more questions about homosexuality. But I did begin to watch and listen very carefully all the time in order to gather as much information as possible about what most people believe about homosexuals, expect from homosexuals, and do to homosexuals when they find one. In the next months and years I learned alot. For example, I learned that homosexuals are sick people whose brain chemistry drives them to their unnatural and repulsive acts but who may be controlled with hormone injections. I learned that homosexuals are child-molesters who should be executed-extralegally if need be. I learned that homosexuals are ridiculous people-weak, manipulable, pathetic, worthless- who deserve whatever bad things happen to them. Finally, I learned that homosexuals are only homosexuals, never neighbors, or Presbyterians or dentists or secretaries or citizens or mothers or people whose hobbies include anything beyond the consumption of pornographic material. Queers are nobody, just queer, one-dimensional. When somebody finds out that you’re a queer, they forget everything they know about you; or , if they remember anything about you at all, the things they remember just get reinterpreted as nothing more than symptoms of your disease.” (McWhorter, 1999 p.2)
This quote made me realize how people can be so rude and disrespectful towards homosexuals. I quite cannot understand why society is against same-sex couples. If someone has feelings towards their same gender it is their life and they may fall in love with who ever they want. Imagine if you were in a relationship with someone and society is against your relationship because of your class, in a way the same happens to homosexuals. Those who are homophobic try to avoid to having to bump into people who are homosexuals because they find it repulsive. They see homosexuals as a something that should be punished for their sins and not even able to interact with other people who are heterosexuals because homosexuals are too inferior. This idea is something that needs to be banished because it is making many individuals who are transexual, gay, or lesbian want to commit suicide. It is not fair that others want to die instead of interacting with other people because they are too afraid of what society thinks of them.
McWhorter’s argument about how challenging the norm about our sexual selves is beneficial to homosexuals because it is always better to be yourself rather than acting like someone you are not. Once someone knows that a certain person is a homosexual they tend to forget who that homosexuals is because all they can remember about them is that they are gay instead of remembering them by their name or their good deeds. Many of us especially homophobic people do not see homosexuals as normal human beings but that does not give them the right to harass them and most definitely not threaten their life. In addition, calling anyone a sexual predator, worthless, or even pathetic should not be tolerated and should be reported right away. Also, many heterosexuals make pretend that homosexuals do not exist and treat them like trash which is should never be permitted anywhere because we are humans who have the same rights as everyone else. Thousands of homosexuals commit suicide because of being bullied in school or work. This is a problem that has to be taken care of soon because it is not right to take away the life of someone for being different or unique.
McWhorter, Ladelle. Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1999. Print.