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SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

Wednesday February 27, 2013 Heteronormativity and the family 1a normal divance diconomy, the dominant (white) is normal and civilized and people of colour are divent/devance or “abnormal” 1b argues that outside (marginalized) have been focused on, and privelidged have not been, and not taken apart the “centre” 1c the study is taking apart the centre and perfery, taking apart the concept and has not been interrogated (basically taking apart hetersexualy) 2a institutionay and ideologically, ideas of straight white male as normal and ideal way, institutional, institudtion is like the law, and other structures as well, religion, medicine, prisons. Ideology is a set of ideas attempts to make sense of the world 2b regularly in discussion of family Belief that womns work has less value than mens, women should prioritize domestic work, best family structure Is a single income and stay at home mom, and lesbian and gays are less valued, and biological parents oppose to those who are taking care of the child (adoption) 2c compulsory heterosexuality, in 1980, she pointed out that heterosexual marriage is the only legal intimate relationship (if gay it was not recognized) Heterosexual marriage was the only socially and legally in that institution, bearing and rearing children Compulsory heterosexually, is compulsory to society and if not heterosexual then you are at a disadvantage Only option for women was to long term heterosexual marriage Heterosexual marriage is not natural but compulsory** 2d continue to name homosxuallity as a problem Its supposed to be natural not a problem 3a and very specific to modern western society Invented by a soutomy, someone who wants to decriminalize homosexuality 3b people who are not heterosexual, have some problem 4a Canadian law has progressed, that today no sexual acitivity with queers is not illegal for adults over 18 The law is still hetronormative 1859-1892, the consolidated statutes of Canada, in this something called “buggery” which was the british version of “sudomy” (anal sex) ^ punished by death However, these laws were never used against anyone except gay men Lesbian sex was not criminalized, not even mentioned* Idea that sexuality was non-existent, or to be mentioned at all Law was reclassified a offence to morality ^ got rid of the death penalty, and included a wider idea of sexual acts After death penalty was dropped, if you were convicted to sodomy laws, you were put in prison In 1969, law passed that the sodomy laws were gone, and trudeau, famously said that the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation ^ now decriminalized sodomy In post 1969 era, Canadian law is still heteronormative Gays and lesbians did not have rights for discrimination 4b brian mossop, mr mossop partners father died, normally shoud be able to take a day off to mourn, but his employer didn’t allow him to grief or attend the funeral, so he went to court Arguing that it went against family status, mr mossop lost, and was not against family status but discrimination to sexual orientation ^ but, at the supreme court level, Claire L’Heureux Dube, wrote that the understanding of family in Canadian law needs to be rethought, basically family law is heteronormative 4c i a couple for 42 years, Jane Egan and John Egan, John turn 65 in 1986, and applied to old age security, usually suppose to have a spousal allowance, and not until 1995, to get to the supreme court ^ federal gov’t said he cant get spousal allowance because they were not “spouses” Sexual orientation was not the prohibited groups in discrimination (in section 15 – race, religion, origin, but not sexual orientation) The majority agreed with the couple, and because that section only supported for heterosexual couples the
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