A guest blog artcle by Kristen Kuzanek (world citizen, student)
Have you ever heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover?” It is a metaphorical phrase telling people not to judge someone by their outward appearances but look further and see them for who they truly are.
As someone who has been raised to not judge others based upon their outward appearance, I have been taken back by the various actions members of society have been portraying recently and through the years. I am ultimately talking about the treatment the homosexual community has received from others in society. For some reason it is as though people in society take homosexuality as a disease or mental issue because they deviated from the norms of society. For the record, most people might turn to dictionary.com to find that Homosexuality is defined as “a sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex”.
Nowhere in that definition is there mention of disease or mental issue, so why do we socially construct the image of homosexuals as monsters?
I believe that the reason in which this happens is because society has a hard time accepting change and straying from the norms. Some would say that heterosexuality is the norm of society but is that the truth? Or, is that simply what some people think? Has there been a book, article, magazine, etc. written stating, with significant research, that heterosexuality is the norm in society? How do we know that homosexuality hasn’t been in existence for a greater amount of time? Just because people kept their sexual orientation to themselves does not mean that the lifestyle did not exist.
Is there a law that says homosexuality is against the law? Not anymore in America! I understand that there is a law that prohibits homosexuals from marrying one another but that does not mean they cannot unite\ and live their life together. Homosexuality should be looked at as another lifestyle choice.
Who are we as a society to sit here and judge someone’s sexual orientation?
The homosexual community has no effect on the lives of those outside of that particular community. However, many would argue with me saying that it does affect their lives. In reality it only affects one’s life if they let it. Someone who is homosexual does not cause any strife in the lives of others because it is not something that you could ‘catch’ just from being around that person.
As a society we should be open and accepting of everyone in society regardless of their appearances or sexual orientation. God did create each of us uniquely but with it should be with a mindset that every unique human being was equal to any other.
Mills (1959) would say that due to the longstanding history and organization that the homosexual community has, they do have a right to exist in society and should be treated equally. Mills would also argue that many people only care about their role in the situation and not the larger picture. For example, people are so worried about fitting into the norms of society that they do not care about the way that they treat others and the consequences of their actions. Mills suggests that people take into mind their own experiences or the experiences of others they may know in situations and think what if that was me? How would I want someone to treat me in this situation? People need to look at the situations from the larger perspective not
just what their part in the situation is. Due the severity on the issue of homosexuality in recent years, society as a whole is being effected, believe it or not, and everyone can do something to help prevent this from continuing: simply live your live and mind your business while others do the same.
Mills, C. Wright. 2000 (1959). The Sociological Imagination: Fortieth Anniversary Edition.
Oxford University Press.