By Derek McGhee
This booklet explores modern social concept and advancements within the research of sexuality in the course of the research of legislations and its practices. each one bankruptcy explores the facility of discourse in legislations on the subject of homosexualities, whereas concurrently interpreting how homosexuals withstand and disrupt those criminal discourses. it's a necessary addition to the literature of the fields of Sociology, Cultural experiences, legislation, Politics, Gender experiences and Sexuality.
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These are (1) the unfixed nature of male adolescent sexuality and (2) a particular chronological immutability when on maturation to a specific age (21 and later 18), a young man’s sexuality was assumed to have become immune to ‘corruption’. This chapter explores how the Wolfenden Committee decreed that society had a duty to protect young men, through the vehicle of the criminal law (specifically, the higher age of consent), during the particularly vulnerable period of their adolescence. In this chapter, juridical and parliamentary discourse veer between presenting the superiority and ‘naturalness’ of heterosexuality whilst at the same time presenting heterosexuality as something extremely vulnerable which must be fiercely protected.
This homosexuality seems, perhaps because of its depth and centrality to ‘these people’, to be an irrepressible identity, not secret or carefully guarded. Following the above statement Mr Soames MP (then Under Secretary of State for Defence) quoted the former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the USA armed forces, Colin Powell’s, views on homosexuals serving in the armed forces, in order to describe homosexual identity as behaviourally malignant. Paraphrasing Powell, Soames stated that ‘unlike race or gender, sexuality is not a benign trait.
The HPAT’s means of gathering their qualitative and quantitative data was as follows: For each service, the single service representative within the HPAT identified representative combat, combat support and training units. The HPAT visited each unit or base for a full day, a minimum of 170 personnel was requested to attend a briefing and complete a questionnaire [the attitude survey]. e. discussion) groups. (HPAT 1996: Annex G) The overall result of the 1,710 analysable attitude questionnaires was that the policy banning homosexuals from serving in the armed forces should not be changed, and if the ban was to be lifted it would be done against the wishes of those surveyed (HPAT 1996: 45).
Homosexuality, Law and Resistance by Derek McGhee