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Global HomophobiaStates, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037726.001.0001

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Navigating International Rights and Local Politics

Navigating International Rights and Local Politics

Sexuality Governance in Postcolonial Settings

(p.196) 9. Navigating International Rights and Local Politics
Global Homophobia

Sami Zeidan

University of Illinois Press

This chapter contends that performing one's gender or sexuality is a right worth protecting and defending against sexist and homophobic intolerance. First, it calls attention to the potential confines of the labels brought to bear on non-heteronormative sexualities and genders by even the most liberal societies. Further, the chapter focuses on the tensions raised in balancing activism as it claims rights and struggles against the emergence of a borrowed homophobia implanted locally in a contested state, and the more stable and durable forms of local sexual governance. Ultimately, being open to change develops from varied life experiences that transcend intellectual musings or from perspectives derived from one's immediate vantage point.

Keywords:   gender, sexuality, sexism, homophobic intolerance, non-heteronormative sexualities, activism, sexual governance

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