Since when is sodomy a bad thing?

During class this week, we talked about Goldberg’s reading and how sodomy is associated with homosexuality. I see how it may be associated with homosexuals because it is a non-repoductive act, but in no way shape or form does it mean it excludes heterosexuals as well. Sodomy is made out to be this horrific action that only same sex relationships participate in. By definition, sodomy is “sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation.” Just by reading this definition I do not seem to understand why society makes it out to be such a “bad” thing to do. I mean if you really think about it, mostly everyone joins in on some version of sodomy in their partner relationships, whether same sex or not, at one point or another. Oral/anal sexual intercourse should not be looked at as a corrupt action… it is simply a part of sexual intercourse as a whole.  Just because sodomy does not result in actual reproduction does not mean it should be automatically connected to homosexuality. Chances are heterosexuals are participating in sodomy just as much as homosexuals are. Once again, we see society falling into the binary norms and judging homosexuals for joining in sodomy. It is safe to say that basically everyone has or had oral/anal sex at least once in their life. For some it may not be their “cup of tea”, but for the most part, everyone around us has taken a part in some sort of sodomy as much as the next person does.

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The Gender Bin(d)ary and Norms

Today in class, we talked in depth about some of the key ideas in queer theory and one of those key ideas revolved around the enforcement of normativity using the binary. Not too long ago Target decided to remove gendered toy aisles, this caused quite a bit of controversy within several public spheres. Gendered toys would remain, however the aisles separating “boy” toys and “girl’ toys would be combined and less binary. This made me reflect on why as a culture we find even the slightest blurring of gender as a threat. Something as simple as removing gendered colors from a children’s toy aisle led to threats of boycotts and vitriolic language being hurled at target customer service representatives.

Even though adults meet the blurring of the gender binary with much resistance, children are much less strict about the policing of gender. Recently a school in Australia allowed for their students to dress however they like within the appropriate parameters of the uniform code. Meaning, males can wear what they see fit out of the options of pants or a skirt and females are also given that choice. The students embraced this wholeheartedly and seemingly quite joyously. You see this same growth of eschewing fashion norms among young artists (Young Thug, Janelle Monae) and athletes (Cam Newton). For me this serves as an indicator that gender norms and the enforcement of them through the binary is becoming, in some instances, a little less strict.