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The Evolution of Responsibility: Developing as an Ally
The evolution of responsibility: Developing as an ally
Theresa M.O'HalloranAdams State College

Hetero—what? Sexism! Sexism, now there is a term I knew growing up during the women's rights movement and sexual revolution of the 1960s. But heterosexism—it has taken more than three decades for the meaning to become as clear to me.

I am a heterosexual female born into an Irish Catholic, middle-class family in a medium-size city in the midwestern United States. Moderate, mean, middle: all terms that aptly describe my experience in childhood and adolescence. Attending Catholic school for 9 years resulted in extremely limited accurate information about sexuality as well as many topics never spoken of but hinted at as “in bad taste.” Homosexuality was in that ...

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