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Experiences That Define Homosexuality. Essay

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Richard ClarkNANT3655Experiences PaperMay 7, 2008For my topic of my paper I have chosen to write about the homosexual and the association of feminity to this label. I was born gay and I have struggled with this very stereotype and categorization all my life. I would like to share a few brief moments in my life to paint a clear picture of what my life has been like and why I felt so compelled to write about this particular subject. In this Anthropology course, (Names, Labels and Categories) that I am taking at the New School University I have studied several different types of peoples and that which is considered the abnormal. To say that I am abnormal would be a good start. I suppose that anyone can identify as abnormal because there is no real clear definition of that is I found myself very connected to some of the readings and at some points even like the readings could have been written about me. I have even struggled with the way to discuss the topics of each reading without adding in too much of my own feelings on the matter and making it more about winning an argument situation, than looking at something and having a scientific discussion.One issue in particular that I feel very connected to is the “Self Forfilling Prophecy.” This is a term that was made famous by Robert Merton. In his article he confronts the issue society has with labels and categories starting with the false belief in something. For example is his article he says “Convinced that he is destined to fail, the anxious student devotes more time to worry than to study and then turns in a poor examination.” (Merton, 195) As this false believe creates a hysteria the hype behind the this false fact leads to the eventual truth of the statement. Another example of this idea; in his own words is, “It is believed that war between two nations is “inevitable.” Acuated by this conviction, representatives of the two nations become progressively alienated, apprehensively countering each “offensive” move of the other with a “defensive” move of their own. Stockpiles of armaments, raw materials and armed men grow larger and eventually the anticipation of war helps create the actuality.” (Merton, Robert K.) Mertons arguments proved true for me in my life, I felt that because being gay meant that you were feminine and therefore as I grew up I found myself only identifying with feminine role models and icons, I eventually became the feminine man that I was so deemed by my family and society.My homosexuality is not what defines me as a person I am much more than that. I am a brother, a man, a boyfriend, a musician, an actor, a friend and someone who deserves respect, and most importantly I am a human being, I was always considered different and somewhat “girly” as a child, although I never really thought I was different. I did however see that I was treated differently as a child I was never taken out to throw a ball or...

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