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Unformatted text preview: FOR INSTRUCTOR DISCUSSION ONLY—DO NOT SHARE WITH STUDENTS “Proposal for Straight Pride Week” Problem: Negative stereotyping and reverse discrimination against heterosexuals First things first, I am not advocating discrimination or hatred toward homosexuals. My main concern is that the rights of heterosexuals are currently being violated. Many people feel that a Straight Pride Week is unnecessary and unneeded. However, a closer look reveals that the endorsement of a Gay Pride Week and not a Straight Pride Week is discriminatory toward heterosexuals and a violation of their first amendment rights. Additionally, heterosexuals are hatefully stereotyped, and a Straight Pride Week would help eliminate these stereotypes. Currently, homosexuals have greater freedom to gather together, voice themselves, and celebrate. They have a week just for them and their beliefs, and are allowed to host public speeches, parades, and wear shirts that demonstrate their pride in their sexual orientation. Heterosexuals, however, are not afforded the same freedom. Any sort of proposed heterosexual pride event is immediately banned, and anyone who publicly proclaims their pride at being heterosexual is immediately labeled as discriminatory, hateful, and intolerant. In fact heterosexuals are currently not allowed to celebrate who they are without drawing the wrath of diversity and homosexual groups. This violates the heterosexuals first amendment rights of freedom of expression and freedom to gather peacefully. Additionally, this reveals that heterosexuals are the subject of discrimination, hatred, and intolerance, yet nothing is done about it. Support: Evidence from survey about Straight Pride Week I conducted a survey to gather opinions and thoughts concerning a Straight Pride Week. Additionally I used the survey to determine if stereotypes were prevalent in regard to heterosexuals and Straight Pride Week. Whether a Straight Pride Week should be held: The reaction to Straight Pride Week was mixed. While 51.5% said students have the right to hold a Straight Pride Week, only 11.8% said that Straight Pride Week should be endorsed by the university. In contrast, 98.3% said students have the right to hold a Gay Pride Week, and 67.8% said Gay Pride Week should be endorsed by the university. Additionally, 53.3% considered Straight Pride Week discriminatory toward homosexuals, while only 5% considered Gay Pride Week discriminatory toward heterosexuals. However, I believe these results reflect the stereotypes regarding heterosexuals (see below) Stereotypes Regarding Activities and Heterosexuals: In my survey, I didn’t specify the sort activities that would take place. Instead, I included a free In my survey, I didn’t specify the sort activities that would take place....
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- Spring '11
- Homosexuality, Heterosexuality, Straight Pride