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Abstract:  a term paper discussing Gays in the Military, from the standpoint of constitutional, legal, cultural and economic factors. Arguments against gays in the military service, or gays as teachers or office workers, are frequently contradictory. On the one hand, gays are despised as wimps, as limp-wristed, frail, feminine, lisping imitations of real men who lack the courage, strength or manliness to be soldiers (or role models for boys, or competitive businessmen).

Arguments against gays in the military service, or gays as teachers or office workers, are frequently contradictory. On the one hand, gays are despised as wimps, as limp-wristed, frail, feminine, lisping imitations of real men who lack the courage, strength or manliness to be soldiers (or role models for boys, or competitive businessmen). On the other hand, gays are feared as predators, always on the prowl for new sexual prey, able to overpower and rape the strongest marine by catching him unawares. Discussions about homosexuality frequently reflect more of the projected fears and anxieties of heterosexuals than they do any elements of homosexual reality. Social scientists have reported that high homophobia levels correlate directly with insecurity about sexual identity and rigid male-female sex role stereotypes.

If all gays are to be dismissed as unworthy of the right and duty of citizens to serve their nation, the reasons for their dismissal need at least to be consistent. If gays are depicted as both weak and strong, as sexually passive and sexually predatory, as feminine and as hypermasculine, then perhaps we should investigate the full range of characteristics of gays before we dismiss them and their inalienable rights on the basis of an inconsistent stereotype. When we do, we find that, like heterosexuals, gays and lesbians range across a broad spectrum from weak to strong, from sexually passive to sexually predatory, from very feminine to very masculine.

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