5 ways you didn’t know you were homophobic (Number 3 will surpise you) ! By David G
You all know that everyone is straight unless they say otherwise right? Well surprisingly enough, you’re wrong. In fact if you subscribe to the idea of “Compulsory Heterosexuality” you’re homophobic – here’s why.
- Premiss 1: The idea of compulsory Herterosexuality oppressess gay people
- Premises 2: People/things that oppress gay people are homophobic
- Conclusion: The idea of compulsory Heterosexuality is homophobic
Now for those of you that don’t know anything about Compulsory Heterosexuality let’s start with:
What is Compulsory Heterosexuality?
Well, compulsory heterosexuality is often used within groups that advocate for the rights of people whose sexuality or gender identity differs from heterosexuality, including intersex people, transgender people, asexual people, and other members of the LGBT community. The concept of compulsory heterosexuality is related to the concept of heterosexual privilege, a system that enables heterosexual people to benefit from rights that non-heterosexual people do not have access to.
Examples of compulsory Herterosexuality are:
- The assumption that children will marry a person of the other sex and the grooming and socialization of children for heterosexuality.
- The belief that anyone can be heterosexual and that, even if one must pretend to be heterosexual, that this is better than being homosexual
- The overwhelming pressure on closeted individuals to come out, because unless said otherwise, you are assumed as a heterosexual
Does compulsory heterosexuality really oppress gay people?
Assuming somebody’s sexuality as a default can cause serious issues. It can make people feel forced to “come out” in unsafe places and unhealthy ways. Not only this, but it can also attack the self-esteem of people for not conforming to an assumption.
Is it valid?
Yes! Because the premises of this argument lead to the conclusion and because the premises is true, the conclusion is also true.
Is it sound?
Yes, because the argument is both true and valid.