International Human Rights Law Should Be Pursued By The United States

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There is a significant amount of academic literature regarding LGB rights in developing countries. The various topics addressed, from cultural relativism to how international human rights law is being enforced, build upon each other, leading fluidly to the answer of whether LGB rights should be pursued by the United States. Homophobia is not widely understood by social sciences researchers. Kulick presents this as a problem because homophobia cannot be combatted if it is researched, documented, and dissected (Kulick 32). He explains what homophobia is, and describes how it is commonly misunderstood. It is defined as “a denigration of same-sex sexuality” (Kulick 21), and describes it as the fear and hate directed toward nonstandard sexualities or genders (Kulick 25). It is prevalent, and often so subtle that it goes unnoticed; the author used an example of an Oakland newspaper that used the word “deviant” to qualify nonconsensual sexual intercourse involving two men, whereas the word was never used to describe other assaults or crimes (Kulick 21). Kulick makes it clear that, despite common misconceptions, homophobia is not comparable to racism or sexism, as it is far more public and typical than hate targeted toward other groups (Kulick 24). Kulick found that misunderstandings on homophobia have left research ambiguous and inconsistent. He argued that is imperative that homophobia research is compiled in a way that can be understood if social science research is going to…

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