Soc211 3 - Soc211 Sexuality Citizenship and Sexual Rights...

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Soc211 3/8/12 Sexuality, Citizenship and Sexual Rights; Julienne Corboz The Hegemonic Heterosexuality of Citizenship - Citizenship is grounded in hegemonic heterosexuality - Citizens are normatively constructed as (hetero)sexual subjects - Some subjects are excluded because of ‘the institutionalization of heterosexuality’ Sexual Rights - Non-heteronormative sexuality is absent from the sets of citizen rights: o Denial of same sex marriage; in most nations legal marriage is restricted to heterosexual people only o Restricted access to work in the military o Poor legal protection from discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation o Less power to exercise political rights due to discrimination and exclusion from politics o Irregular access to welfare benefits, inheritance and tax benefits Not allowed to do hospital visits; “next-of-kin” is legally defined Gains - Gay and lesbian people are largely accepted as consumer citizens --- the so-called “pink economy” - Increasingly, they are accepted in media representations A Multiplicity of Sexual Citizenships?

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