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Review: Why Homophobia?

Reviewed Work: Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism by Suzanne Pharr
Review by: Claudia Card
Hypatia
Vol. 5, No. 3 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 110-117
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3809978
Page Count: 8
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Why Homophobia?
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Abstract

Suzanne Pharr's Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism may be an effective tool for women committed to overcoming their own homophobia who want practical advice on recognizing and eradicating it, although as an essay in theory it does not advance the issues. The author seems unaware that Celia Kitzinger has argued recently that "homophobia" is not a helpful concept because it individualizes problems better seen as political and begs the question of the rationality of the fear. I argue that "homophobia" has been misused but that freed of the medical model and understood in connection with issues of pride and shame, it can be a helpful concept.

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