Even in today's society, gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals experience multiple pressures and constraints related to their lifestyles, in addition to the stresses of everyday life. This dual tension can result in psychopathology among gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia examines the gay and lesbian experience in light of their tension and points toward a future free of heterosexism. The stress of “coming out,” the uncertainty of parenting their children, and the difficulties facing ethnic minority lesbians and bisexuals cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the heterosexual bias in society. The contributors to this informative volume propose methods geared toward eliminating heterosexual bias in various settings–health care, therapy, communities, corporate America, and education. Ultimately, this book examines both the risks and joys of being gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and how to prevent heterosexism and its effects on the lives of all people, including those of heterosexuals. Students and professionals in interpersonal communication and interpersonal relations, clinical psychology, and public health will benefit greatly from the original perspectives this book has to offer.
Chapter 8: Lesbian and Gay Love Scripts
Lesbian and Gay Love Scripts
Cultural scripts for lesbian and gay love relationships are emerging rapidly as lesbians and gay men seek to define relationships on their own terms rather than subscribe to heterosexual norms. In the past, heterosexist assumptions were used to evaluate lesbian and gay relationships as less stable, less serious, and less loving (Peplau, 1993). However, current attitudes and research on lesbian and gay couples portray a much more positive picture (e.g., Kurdek, 1994). A greater appreciation of lesbian and gay culture has both resulted from and led to a more objective assessment of same-sex relationships. Established and emerging love scripts now are being viewed and developed from a lesbian and gay affirmative standpoint.
Script refers to a cognitive ...