Writing from a powerful array of interdisciplinary views, the participants talk about numerous issues, together with sexuality and id politics; group activism and homosexual activism; transnational elements of affection among girls in Thailand; queer South Asian tradition within the US; homosexual and lesbian filmmakers; same-sex sexuality in Pacific literature; and Asian American male homosexuality and AIDS. the connection of the homosexual and lesbian adventure to Asian American reviews and Ethnic experiences is usually explored.
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As a consequence, socially organized practices of unequal power have been established in which men dominate women and heterosexuality dominates homosexuality. Katz also uncovers the dynamics by which heterosexuality has been established by scientists throughout history as normative and non-problematic. His analysis oVers some explanation for why social scientists have not viewed heterosexuality as a “problem” to be studied or analyzed. qxd 24 3/4/2005 12:51 PM Page 24 TW I C E F O RG OTT E N tion (Collins 1991); and methodologically, because “studying up” integrates theory and social practice.
Reported feelings of apprehension and concern by both women and men suggest the existence of a culture of sexual fear in Mexican society. These feelings seem to originate and be reproduced through one of the institutions shaping my informants’ experiences of sexuality: the family. Chapter 4 explains how families—via maternal authority—become an important institution establishing and shaping beliefs and practices with regard to femininity and masculinity, courtship, heterosexual love, and sexuality.
The dimensions of migrant sexualities delineated above are mutually dependent and reinforcing. Each dimension shapes the others as immigrants’ sexualities Xow and change. As part of this process, immigrants embody sexual desire and the erotic as they experience, redeWne, and reorganize their sex lives. This sequence can be best understood in a metaphorical way. qxd 3/4/2005 12:51 PM Page 23 TW I C E F O RG OTT E N 23 tually discover that the whole is the only ‘essence’ there is. Sexuality cannot be abstracted from its surrounding social layers” (155).
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