Don’t be afraid of the unknown and join the world to fight against homophobia

by BR on March 20, 2017 - 2:03am

Don’t be afraid of the unknown and join the world to fight against homophobia

           

            Every day people are facing more and more hate towards the unknown, whether is a different community or a different opinion. People forget that we are all in the same society no matter what we are, how we look, where we come from and what our sexual orientation is. As many are lucky to have the support of family, friends, or more important, their country, many do not count with that. There is so much violence happening, and is just because of different likes, decisions, opinions. Why? Why aren’t we just uniting?  In the article “Tanzania threatens to publish list of Homosexuals” published on February 20, 2017 by Fredrick Ngugi is explained how homosexuals are scared to be exposed and go to jail because of what they are, what they do and who they love. Tanzania government has being fighting for a long time against homosexuality and it have written even a law that prohibit any consensual same-sex acts. They have become a country where homosexuality is a crime, a country where someone who decides to be with a person with the same sex, faces 30 years of prison. Not only the government of Tanzania has banned sexual lubricants and any organization that supports homosexuality but also it has closed clinics where they provided support with HIV; many Tanzanian citizens have been even arrested and have being tested for anal sex. Is not just a clear violation of human rights but is also a violation of privacy. The worst part is that Tanzania is not the only country who is going through this, there are many, such as, Africa; Somalia, Sudan, and Nigeria where homosexuality has being approach with death punishment. We need to fight for this; we need to develop an understanding into people that not always the unknown is wrong or bad. It has to come from somewhere. Sadly, in countries like Tanzania, going to the streets to fight for this issue is too risky. You can be facing jail time, and also organizations have being closed because of it. The better approach would be using “new power”. New power offers collaboration by many, in other words, is the organization of mass cooperation and friendly coordination. Therefore, creating social media campaigns with the help of people around the world, such as NOH8 campaign – which is a photographic silent protest that symbolizes the silence of each person made by the violation of human rights- will increase the support of citizens around the world such as Tanzanians which are fighting for equality and human rights. It will create an understanding and openness into people, without any risk and fear; it will just help to make a difference in the world. It will benefit to improve prosperity, freedom, equality and mostly happiness into an everyday of the unknown.

If you would like to read the full article, please go to:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/tanzania-gay-rights

In order to have a better understanding of:

Consensual same-sex law – visit the following website: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/tanzania-lgbti-resources

“New power” – visit the following website: https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_heimans_what_new_power_looks_like/transcript

“NOH8” – visit the following website: http://www.noh8campaign.com/article/about

 

Comments

Lets all fight homophobia!

I have never had a reason to question how homosexuality is treated throughout the world. Your article is powerful and shows us how this matter is deeper than simply homosexuality: it is about the violation of basic human rights. I really like the way you introduce your text by emphasizing the amount of homophobic hatred that is constantly spread in our society. It is an aggressive method that immediately grasps the reader’s emotional attention.

While reading this post, I can’t help but think how gender plays an important role in the on going struggle against homophobia, specifically hegemonic masculinity. Seeing as hegemonic masculinity glorifies the “man box” (i.e. men must be rich, strong, violent, straight and highly sexual, etc.), it pays to analyze how hegemonic masculinity and the glorification of this marginalized perception of the ideal man encourages homophobia in such a patriarchal society. By understanding that virility is at the base of the patriarchal word view, it becomes increasingly obvious that hegemonic masculinity is the only true identity for males to conform to. If one refuses to conform to the “man box” and openly rejects being a hegemonic masculine because of his sexual orientation, the patriarchal society panics and thus resorts to homophobic laws in order to attempt to keep social order.

We can also discuss how hegemonic masculinity influences the emotional and psychological state of homosexual men. That is a much larger argument that looks at the impact of hegemonic masculinity on homosexual men rather than the effect of hegemonic masculinity in our society.

I would like to congratulate you one more on writing such an interesting and captivating article!

References/Links:
Hegemonic Masculinity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemonic_masculinity
Man Box (also features hegemonic masculinity): http://www.wgac.colostate.edu/men-and-masculinities
Virility: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/when-men-wanted-to-be-...
Patriarchal World View: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchy

The fact that homosexuality is still punishable by law in 74 countries today (I had to look it up I couldn't help myself) is absurd. How can an individual's sexual orientation be of such great harm to a society's wellbeing?

Looking at the issue from a gendered perspective, it is evident that homophobia is a much more prominent issue within the male community, where men constantly face the pressure of society to conform to the characteristics of the man box: they are expected to be strong and muscular, highly sexual, controlling, stoic and above all, homophobic. In our highly dominant patriarchal society, it is taught from a very young age that if you are a man that doesn't conform to these requirements, they will be prone to discrimination and verbal harassment and be called terms such as fag, weak, gay, pussy - a whole list of derogatory, feminine and homophobic "insults". The societal pressure and exclusion that homosexuals face has a huge impact on their mental health. I thought it would be interesting to point out that these countries such as Tanzania take advantage of the shame and embarrassment homosexuals feel about themselves in attempt to eliminate their community and/or further encourage their hiding. However they don't recognize that instead of protecting their people they will be creating more tension, violence, crime and hatred within their country.

Helpful/Interesting links-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemonic_masculinity
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13218710903566953?journalCode...
http://www.soc.iastate.edu/sapp/Masculinity2.Pdf

I really enjoyed the honesty of your article, it gave the reader a real glimpse at what

homosexual men in less developed have to deal with. The fact that you included the full article

on this story made your analysis much stronger because the reader can see information about

this issue in detail.

It may be helpful to look at the issue of homosexual men’s human rights being violated

from a gendered perspective. In your article there is a theme that you touch upon very often,

people seem to be afraid of homosexuality. the government and society in Africa seems to be

afraid of emasculation of their male population. The term hegemonic masculinity illustrates this

idea perfectly, hegemonic masculinity promotes male dominance and obeying the “man box”.

This type of masculinity tells men to be everything women are not. This very popular idea of

how men should act explains why the fear of homosexuality is there. The fact that being

homosexual man is so closely associated with being female causes this type of harm.

It might be helpful to read this article from Colorado State University

http://www.wps.colostate.edu/men-and-masculinities . This article gives a further explanation of

the man box as well as more detail on hegemonic masculinity.

About the author

BR

I. My name is Beth.
I am from Venezuela and I have been in Montreal for 3 years. I am someone who loves music and sports. I love experiencing new cultures which means meeting new people who can teach me something interesting about themselves.