Memo 13 - Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories...

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Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories Thursday, December 06, 2007 Memo 13 Sexuality was not discussed by the classic sociologists. Steven Seidman suggests that perhaps this is due to their privileged gender and sexual experience. He suggests that those who are “male and heterosexual do not question the naturalness of male dominated, normatively heterosexual social order”(Seidman, p. 167). According to Seidman, “it took the changes of the 1950’s and the public turmoil of the 1960s to make sociologists begin to take sex seriously”(Seidman, p.168). It was in postwar America that a sociology of sexuality emerged. Most of the literature on sex was on what was considered deviant sexualities like prostitution, pornography, and homosexuality. Sociology of Homosexuality emerged from the larger sociology of sex. Homosexuality was framed as a social identity, which led to the evolvement of homophile organizations in the 50’s and to gay right movements in the 70’s. Gays united and banded together as members of the subculture. Homosexuality was viewed as a mental disorder up until fairly recently. It was not until 1973 that homosexuality was removed from the American Psychological Association’s diagnostic manual as a mental
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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