I decided to write about the status of LGBT rights and legitimacy in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is perceived to be one of the few Islamic states which exercises considerable tolerance towards the issue of homosexuality. Practicing homosexuality is strictly prohibited by the law under Section 377 A of the CrPC (Criminal Penal Code).The law says- “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall be liable to fine.” In the Guardian Article we read, What’s it like being LGBT around the world?, they described a reality in which people of LGBT status live in a “comfortable closest”. They call it “comfortable” because the actual actions of same-sex relations are not policed well and are normally looked over. However, those citizens are still crammed into a closet, nonetheless! I think this really draws into the E. Patrick Johnson’s theories and the idea of Quare theory. There’s explicit restriction of personal expression and processes. How do you feel about this? It it worth fighting the traditions and outing oneself even if there’s loose enforcement? Things are slowly changing however, I have difficulty imagining real changes being made. How much of an impact do you think this restriction has on civilians of LGBT status? Do you think it would be best to live comfortably and not combat the tradition? Even with the support of many human rights groups and individuals, I’m not sure it will be enough to overturn traditional convictions. But, you never know until you try. Right?
I do not keep up with politics as much as I should so when the “Religious Liberty” Executive Order was brought to my attention, I was shocked. Partially because this would allow even more discrimination than there already is in this country and the fact that Thomas Jefferson said in 1802 that there should be a separation from church and state in our Constitution and that the issue still arises over 200 years later is whacked. Come on United States! Moving forward should not mean going two steps back. As much as this order would give white Christians an advantage (even though they are more privileged already than the majority in this country), calling the executive order “Religious Liberty” is very narrow minded and hypocritical. Promoting a religious liberty while banning and discriminating muslims and other groups of people, is not very encompassing of all religions. It should be called Christian Liberty Executive Order. Not to mention, that Trump had to dial back the EO because of homophobic wording, is horrific. If you had to dial back because you slipped in some LGBTQ+ discrimination, well guess what? Just from that we already know your intentions of the EO so you might as well scrap the damn thing. Allowing hate back into the lives of others because of some health care bans is some bull and you can only justify your actions with your religious beliefs so far until shit hits the fan.
I would like to touch more on the reading we did called “Are Moral Voices Gendered?” by Eric Plutzer .I think it is important to bring up such a controversial topic such as abortion, in order to bring awareness to the many sides to the topic. By many sides I mean not only the people that are for or against it, but the people who are affected by it. This being the women who are pregnant and the men who impregnate them. In class we discussed if the man really has a right to make a decision and looked at statistical data for why women are afraid to tell the man or what happened when they did tell them. I believe that the man should only contribute his opinion if it is asked for, and ultimately the women should be able to make the decision. It really is her body and her life that is affected the most because there are a lot of times where the man bails when there is an unexpected pregnancy. Personally I don’t believe that abortion is the right thing to do but again, I’m not in that situation and it’s not my body. I also don’t think that men have a certain right in making the decision of whether or not the pregnancy is terminated. Do I think the women who is pregnant should tell the guy? Eh, in one hand it’s her decision and in the other hand if she’s in a committed relationship, the guy should know but ultimately it should be her decision.