By J. Hatheway

The Gilded Age Roots of yankee Homophobia is an research of the destructive reaction to the invention of the gay in overdue nineteenth century the US. This ebook investigates the responses of the emergent scientific group to this challenge, and concludes with a dialogue of the way the adverse reception of the gay impacted the longer term social notion of homosexual women and men.

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According to Gunnar Myrdal in his book, An American Dilemma regarding biological and medical arguments about human nature: They have been associated in America, as in the rest of the world, with conservative and even reactionary ideologies. Under their long hegemony, there has been a tendency to assume biological causations with out question, and to accept social explanations only under the duress of a the rise of an urban middle-class / 43 siege of irresistible evidence. 46 Inherent Virtues Under these circumstances, it should come as no surprise that male and female gender roles were determined to be innately biological and not cultural in origin, thus to cross them or mix them up constituted an erroneous confusion of biological determinism and therefore popular scientific essentialism.

Iii. 8): Those foul offenses that are against nature should be everywhere and at all times detested and punished, such as were those of the people of Sodom, which should all nations commit, they should all stand guilty of the same crime, by the law of God which hath not so made men that they should so abuse one another. 41 Aquinas’ quintessential essentialist views influenced Christian, and therefore popular, essentialism profoundly. Things were not to be used contrary to the purposes for which they were made because that was against their natural end and violated the principles of reason.

41 Aquinas’ quintessential essentialist views influenced Christian, and therefore popular, essentialism profoundly. Things were not to be used contrary to the purposes for which they were made because that was against their natural end and violated the principles of reason. Not surprisingly, essentialism precluded any form of variability, and human behaviors not in conformity to the (insensible) essence were punished. 42 John Locke challenged this concept of essence, and argued that it had two forms.

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