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Yale College Writing Center Written by Ryan Wepler, © 2011 Source: Nicholas Martin Arrivo, Selling Sexuality C ONCLUSION A NALYSIS While the status of homosexuality within American capitalism has evolved from nuisance under industrial capitalism to tool of late capitalism, the interests of capital have always in some way been in opposition to those of the gay community. While, admittedly, progress has been made in the realm of tolerance, it has not been enough; capital has simply found new and more insidious ways to manipulate, marginalize, and oppress homosexuals. If America’s gays and lesbians desire liberation and authenticity, then they must align themselves with the enemies of capitalism and employ new theories and strategies in their struggle. The American gay community has nothing to lose but their overpriced Diesel jeans. They have a world to win. Evolved Thesis The opening sentence of t he conclusion restates the essay’s thesis that ―homosexuality has occupied positions both inside and outside the capitalist system‖ but that ―a common element throughout this dynamic relationship…is the capitalist control of homosexuality and homosexuals i n increasingly insidious ways.‖ It also reestablishes the tension inherent in this thesis between the shifting function of homosexuals within capitalism and their static position within the system. The opening sentence also effectively sums up the essay by using terms —―nuisance,‖ ―industrial capitalism,‖ ―tool,‖ ―late capitalism‖— that have been given specialized meanings within the body of the paper. Restating the thesis in the opening sentence of the conclusion allows the author a chance to explore the essay’s broader implications , as he does in the sentences that follow. Limitation While this statement is more of a concession to his opposition than an acknowledgement of an argumentative limitation, the admission that progress towards tolerance has been made by working within the capitalist system works against the author’s overall claim that capi talism itself must be opposed. This bolsters the author’s credibility by showing his reader that, though

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