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“‘Always a Shadow of Hope’: Heteronormative Binaries in an Online Discussion of Sexuality and Sexual Orientation” Precis October 7, 2008

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Heidi A. McKee

Students from three different universities participated in an on-going online discussion about homosexuality, among other things.  Many of the students claimed that they were straight, but were accepting of their homosexual peers.  This posited straight as normal and homosexuality as an “other.”  This would be very frustrating, normally, but throughout the discussion – especially with one person who was against homosexuality – the students began to discover new opinions and sides to the issue as they worked to persuade the student.  It seems that by allowing the students to retain their heteronormative binaries, we are giving them a key stepstone in the path of understanding and acceptance of other groups as not “others,” but as something quite as normal as their presuppositions.  

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One Response to ““‘Always a Shadow of Hope’: Heteronormative Binaries in an Online Discussion of Sexuality and Sexual Orientation” Precis”

  1. melodyaronson Says:

    I like the way you have your word clouds on the side of the precis that they represent. Slick!


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