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Anti-Semitism and Heterosexism: Common Constructs of Oppression

Moshe Rozdzial, PhD All oppressions have common roots. Born out of misinformation and directed toward the “other,” the goal of any oppression is the unjust, destructive, and unequal distribution of power to the advantage of one group over another. And although there is no specific hierarchy of oppressions, the context in which they manifest themselves – history, economics, or politics – makes some types

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Homophobic Hate Crimes Reports Rise in the US

By Jessica Green Reprinteed with permission from www.PinkNews.co.uk Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. The data, released yesterday (November 23, 2010), shows an overall rise of two per cent for all hate crimes, but this was markedly higher for anti-gay incidents and also for hate crimes based

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Gay Bashing is About Masculinity

By Michael Kimmel Reprinted with permission from the author. This article appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of Voice Male magazine (www.voicemalemagazine.org). The tragic suicide of Rutgers University first year student Tyler Clementi last fall led to a wave of national hand-wringing anguish about the daily torture and humiliations suffered by young gays and lesbians. An article in The New York Times expanded the

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Racism in America: The Trayvon Martin Case

A NOMAS Position Statement The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is outraged by the tragic homicide of Trayvon Martin and subsequent failure of criminal justice officials to charge the man who admits to killing Martin, George Zimmerman.  This is an injustice to Martin and his family, and epitomizes the racial injustice that continues to permeate our society.  Racism remains a primary source

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The Developmental Experience of Gay/Lesbian Youth

Don Johnson, PhD I propose that everyone in our society is homophobic. In addition, it is my strong belief that gay and lesbian individuals, prior to coming out, are among the most homophobic people in our society. Most of us do not think of ourselves as homophobic, however, and many people will disagree with this concept of universal homophobia, especially as applied to them.

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