Commune World-WIde

Again in this blog we will discuss the inquiry questions I have been presented with in reference to double standards within the gay community. The two questions that I have been researching are a) what are names that society has assigned to female and male members of the homosexual community and what do those referents say about the way members of the homosexual community are viewed? b) does the bashing of gay men stem from a long history of gay men being ostracized in society or has it gotten worse in this time period? My recent research has called into play a lot of new factors that I did not think of such as the way gays are discriminated against.

I can assure you that being a member of the LGBT community is really testing task, especially when the society around you has given you a negative connotation. I am a member of the LGBT community and those close to me have known this for quite a long time. I remember being 8 and starting to notice that I was having feelings towards both sexes but as a child, you’re confused. My sister and close aunts knew about these feelings but I did not introduce the idea to my mother until I was about 14-15 years old. My mother did not accept the idea of her daughter being a member of the LGBT community, especially considering the fact that I was raised in a Muslim household. She eventually came around to the idea but there are still family members of mine that I do not even discuss it with because it’s a touchy subject.

In one of my previous blogs I gave a brief list of names that are seen in the LGBT community, however, when I did further research I discovered that there are many negative connotations but there are also positively associated connotations. Here’s a more extensive list:

Positive

  • Pansexual
  • LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQA, TBLG
  • Pansexual
  • Lipstick Lesbians
  • Allies
  • Cisgender

Negative

  • Top, bottom, versatile
  • Metrosexual
  • Faggot, fag
  • Carpet munchers
  • Fruit cake
  • Anal assassin
  • Butt pirate
  • Dyke
  • Butch
  • Bean flicker

These are a few of the less vulgar ones that I found. Also, in one of my previous blogs I spoke on how it shows a lack of respect for gay communities all over and many of the names that become prevalent are to shame these members.

I think it is absolutely ridiculous to shame someone for how they were born or something that they have no control over. Whether that is their race/nationality, disabilities, gender, or their sexual orientation. How dare you decide that you’re better than someone else because it is seen as a disadvantage to society? If anyone who does discriminate is reading my blog post right now, I speak for everyone who is a member of any of these communities- Fuck you! Society looks to ridicule anyone that is different than the social norm so what the hell is the social norm at this point? Dare to be different!

You know what doesn’t make any damn sense? How members of churches can discriminate against gays but religious persecution was once a thing thus making you a part of what society hates/hated. You’re supposed to be “holy” and involved with the church but I do believe judgment is a sin so you should think about your sins before you cast the first stone. Who the hell are you to play God? I think that the words “holy” and “sinful” need to be explored a little more.

Wikipedia-LGBTReports of homosexual persecution dates back to 550 BC where the Abrahamic law forbade homosexuality and declared it a crime. This is also seen in the Leviticus Book in the bible (hypocritical piece of writing written by man). This is not the first occurrence because this is also a trend in Ancient Rome, protohistoric Germany, and Middle Assyrian Law. Many other different instances have been seen throughout history such as in the Middle East where in 76 countries it is still criminalized.

http://www.revelandriot.com/resources/hate-crimes/

Religious objections tend to state that the homosexuality is immoral but their sin is judging those when that is not their right nor their problem. There are many members of the LGBT community that do identify with a religion and to not even be accepted by people they commune with is preposterous. Dante’s Inferno suggests that sin removes us from our better nature but that sparks the question of what is “our better nature”. Why is being homosexual seen as being such an immoral act? Why can I be damned to hell just as someone who has committed genocide?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/religious-views-lesbian-gay-survey_n_3442858.html

I’d like to further explore idea of man-made degrading of homosexuals through the bible and through the media which has become way more prevalent. Gay bashing no longer has to be through law or persecution but now it’s through bullying on cyberspace. Our own laws do not protect us so how are we citizen?

I will attach more recent LGBT community news at during this part of my post so feel free to go look on these pages if these ideas interest you. Please comment if you have any feedback or new topics relating to this blog that you want me to explore.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/27/us/mormon-church-lgbt-laws/

http://interviews.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/20830/isis-kills-gays_a-history-of-violence

live in the same building but we got different views

The communities that we live in shape our thinking in many ways without us even noticing. People commonly write about their opinions or personal predilections but the society that surrounds us is a big factor on the voices we project to state those views. This is true in morality and ethics as well, socialization affect our sentiments on topics; issues that arise that are being spoken on are problems that occur within the community or society as whole. Therefore, you are no longer just speaking for yourself anymore but everyone that lives in that community too. Harris and Bartholomae struck this argument in regards to discourse being both communal but private.

In a community, there are going to be issues that need to be discussed and only members of that community can relate to one another on the specific topic. An example of that is food deserts within urban areas or ghettos: food deserts are where there are no sources of fresh veggies, meat, and fruit for a certain amount of distance. This is a communal problem in many places but the people in these communities that are suffering are the ones who can share this situation. If a writer were to come along to draw attention to the concern, he would not only be speaking for himself but those in that community too. These thoughts are not privatized but now a common thought amongst all these inhabitants in communal sense. Lingo becomes another important portion of this discussion because that is also a shared quality of a discourse community; the certain lexis used shows that the writing could be meant for those members of local groups.

The problem lies where the overlapping happens because people are not just members of one community, usually they coexist in other communities as well. When speaking, they aren’t just speaking for that one community anymore but every single community they’re apart of is represented through this text. Again the problem is that each of these discourse communities have their own concerns and beliefs thus red tape becomes the issue. Whenever you speak, you’re combining several ways of thinking that you adopted throughout your time in several of these discourse communities.

The idea that you belong to several discourse communities whether it’s an academic setting or some other type is enforced by Harris and Bartholomae but the specificity is of the idea is a bit harsher when it’s defined by Swales. Although you can write a piece outside the classroom setting, you’re still in some way using an academic style of writing that you learned. Barthes, Harris, Bartholomae, and Swales have very similarly composed ideals of what a discourse community is but Swales defines his and emphasizes the six characteristics which make a discourse community.

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Ohana now means community

This semester I have been so focused on getting acclimated into life at UNCC that I have not actually taken any time to join any clubs or alternate communities. Discourse communities are defined as a group of communicators with a common goal or interest that adopts certain preferred ways of participating in public discussion. Thank Dictionary.com for the definition! Usually being in these discourse communities require a specific level of  knowledge or experience.

In high school I was a member of the International Thespian Society which was for those who had a lot of expertise in the drama area of study. I had taken drama for 2 years and done a number of shows so I was quite educated in this field. In the drama “world” there are implied rules such as never say the name MacBeth in an auditorium but there were always formal rules like do not chew gum while on stage. The goals of the ITS have remained the same throughout the years: to give honor students a place to perform and show their excellence. There were several forms of communication which ranged from group chats to newsletter which informed you of the shows that were coming up. We also had to pay a fee in order to become a member to ensure that funds were not being depleted and we had enough to purchase costumes for performances. Our expectations were to show up to class or performances and give it your all, nothing should be “half-assed”. The theater community also has it’s own lingo that comes with the territory; many people who have not taken a theater class do not know what I am referring to. There are times where you will hear someone say use improve in a show because you have forgotten lines or stuff of that sort. In both of my drama classes, there were people who had never done a play but there were also veterans who had done outside work too. There remained a healthy balance between rookies and pros.

Another discourse community that I am currently apart of is the Liberal Arts and Sciences learning community. Whenever I signed up for my Fall semester classes I chose to be in a learning community and also live with people who were members of it too. People do not realize how much less stressful it is to be amongst people who are all taking the same classes as you thus makes you accessible to more resources. That is the primary goal of the leaning community and it also places us automatically in classes that we must take in order to get fully into our majors. Communication is usually face to face or through email if you are not available to meet with that person. The teachers that are chosen for these learning communities usually give feedback through the means of Moodle and provide upcoming dates that are posted around Lynch hall as well. The genres that are present in this community are strictly Liberal Arts/Studies and sciences. Many of the people in my community major in sciences such as chemistry, pre-kinesiology, or bio. We all seem to speak the same lingo when it comes to classes or events that we are mandated for us such as our 8:00 am LBST 2101 class.