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(Не)Хомосексуалната другост
(Non-)Homosexual Otherness

Author(s): Radoslav Dayarski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social differentiation, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: homosexuality; heterosexuality; discourse; discursive discrimination; otherness
Summary/Abstract: The article aims to show the homosexual figure as an exclusion and self-exclusion from social reality in the patriarchal-masculine society. This will help to consider the homosexual individual beyond the division of sexual categories and will construct the perspective of those individuals who have ‘self-excluded’ themselves. A perspective that places the heterosexual figure in a position dominated by gay desires, gay individuals and gay discourse – a reversed look through which the heterosexual image is the Other of the person who self-identifies as the Other’s Other through a certain categorical imperative. For the purposes of analysis, I will show the homosexual discourse that reflects on the dominant heterosexist and homophobic discourse and in turn performs a symbolic struggle. I argue that symbolic social acts reproduce discoursive discrimination by the homosexual individual, as well as hate speech from/to the homosexual field triggered by the auto-identified role of being dominated. In this way I will construct two main lines – the discourse of the heterosexual towards the homosexual; and, reversely, the discourse of the homosexual, which has incorporated in itself a ‘hater’ discourse of the stereotyped image of the homosexual and its relationship to the heterosexual. My thesis will be as follows: the disclosure of homosexual otherness is noticeable in the discourses of gay organizations, which through an enforced political discourse reproduce the homoerotic/homophobic male canon of socio-cultural domination.

  • Page Range: 195-205
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Bulgarian