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The Philosophy of Sexual Orientation is a very broad category.  It covers questions about the nature and causes of human sexuality and sexual desire; the politics of homosexuality, gay rights, and the law; and various topics in Queer Theory.      

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  1. Free to Be You and Me: An Introduction to Ghosh’s De-Moralizing Gay Rights.Patti Tamara Lenard - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-8.
  2. The Significance of Being Gay in Ghosh’s De-Moralizing Gay Rights.Kerri Woods - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-7.
  3. On Being Good Gay: ‘Covering’ and the Social Structure of Being LGBT+.Annamari Vitikainen - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-8.
  4. De-Moralizing Gay Rights – an Overview.Cyril Ghosh - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-5.
  5. Moralizing Queer Dialectics: A Response to Cyril Ghosh.H. Howell Williams - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-7.
  6. De-Moralizing Gay Rights: A Reply to My Critics.Cyril Ghosh - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-9.
  7. Covering and the Moral Duty to Resist Oppression.Peter Higgins - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-8.
    Do LGBT+ persons have a moral duty of some form to resist heterosexist oppression by refusing to “cover” (i.e., “to ‘disattend,’ or tone down, their (despised) sexuality in an effort to fit into and be accepted by the mainstream” (Ghosh 2018, 273))? Writing in response to Kenji Yoshino (Yoshino 2002 and 2006), Cyril Ghosh argues that such a duty would itself be oppressive. In this reply to Ghosh’s new book, I wish to argue that while Ghosh demonstrates that Yoshino’s critique (...)
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  8. Categorical Injustice.Ásta Sveinsdóttir - forthcoming - Journal of Social Philosophy.
  9. Defining Rape.Lisa H. Schwartzman - 2019 - Social Philosophy Today 35:89-101.
    Legal definitions of rape traditionally required proof of both force and nonconsent. Acknowledging the difficulty of demonstrating the conjunction of force and nonconsent, many feminists argue that rape should be defined based on one element or the other. Instead of debating which of these two best defines the crime of rape, I argue that this framework is problematic, and that both force and nonconsent must be situated in a critique of social power structures. Catharine MacKinnon provides such a critique, and (...)
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  10. Cis-Hetero-Misogyny Online.Louise Richardson-Self - 2019 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 22 (3):573-587.
    This article identifies five genres of anti-queer hate speech found in The Australian’s Facebook comments sections, exposing and analyzing the ways in which such comments are used to derogate cisgender and heterosexual women. One may be tempted to think of cis-het women as third-party victims of queerphobia; however, this article argues that these genres of anti-queer speech are, in fact, misogynistic. Specifically, it argues that these are instances of cis-hetero-misogynistic hate speech. Cis-hetero-misogyny functions as the “law enforcement branch” of a (...)
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  11. Review of Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity. [REVIEW]Shelley Park - 2018 - Hypatia Reviews Online 2018.
  12. J. M. S NYDER : Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho . Pp. Xi + 261. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. $34/£24. ISBN: 0-231-09994-. [REVIEW]Vanda Zajko - 1999 - The Classical Review 49 (1):248-248.
  13. J. F. Martos Montiel: Desde Lesbos con Amor: Homosexualidad femenina en la antigüedad. Pp. 167. Madrid: Ediciones Clàsicas, 1966. Paper. ISBN: 84-7882-242-9. [REVIEW]Richard Hawley - 1999 - The Classical Review 49 (2):611-612.
  14. H. P. Obermayer: Martial und der Diskurs über männliche ‘Homosexualität’ in der Literatur der frühen Kaiserzeit. Pp. xiv + 378. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1998. Paper, DM 96. ISBN: 3-8233-4877-9. [REVIEW]Christopher Nappa - 1999 - The Classical Review 49 (2):570-571.
  15. UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice.Myisha Cherry - 2019 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Why do people hate one another? Who gets to speak for whom? Why do so many people combat prejudice based on their race, sexual orientation, or disability? What does segregation look like today? Many of us ponder and discuss urgent questions such as these at home, and see them debated in the media, the classroom, and our social media feeds, but many of us don't have access to the important new ways philosophers are thinking about these very issues. Enter UnMute, (...)
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  16. Kant and Sexuality.Helga Varden - 2017 - In Matthew C. Altman (ed.), The Palgrave Kant Handbook. pp. 331-351.
    Kant’s comments on sexuality are commonly found to be at best perplexing and at worst extraordinarily unenlightened and morally offensive. In this paper, I start by reconstructing what seems to be Kant’s view on sexuality as well as providing an overview of the main, existing Kantian philosophical responses and alternative proposals to this account. In the last part of the paper, I outline a new Kantian approach to sexuality that overcomes the shortcomings of both Kant’s own and the existing Kantian (...)
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  17. Therapeutic Reactivity to Confidentiality With HIV Positive Clients: Bias or Epidemiology?Richard J. Iannelli & Thomas V. Palma - 2002 - Ethics and Behavior 12 (4):353-370.
    Therapeutic reactivity among psychology trainees was ascertained by their response to 10 clinical vignettes depicting clients with HIV who are sexually active with uninformed partners. This construct accounts for the relative change in decisions to maintain the confidentiality of clients who acknowledge safe versus unsafe sexual behavior. As anticipated, an analysis of variance revealed a significant main effect for safety and a significant 3-way interaction. Subsequent analyses revealed that trainees exhibit the highest level of therapeutic reactivity toward heterosexual male clients, (...)
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  18. Objectivity: Recovering Determinate Reality in Philosophy, Science and Everyday Life. By Tibor R. Machan. [REVIEW]Mark Langan - 2006 - Journal of Critical Realism 5 (2):401-408.
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  19. The Fallacy of the “Buddy Construction” on Ancient Heroic Duos.Jenny Plecash - 2015 - Constellations (University of Alberta Student Journal) 6 (1).
    In this paper, I seek to examine three ancient literary couples to discover the nature of their relationships. Specifically, I will argue that Enkidu and Gilgamesh, David and Jonathan, and Achilles and Patroclus each participated in a relationship that went beyond the trope of heroic friendship. I will also examine how previous scholars portrayed these men in an attempt to remove homoeroticism from their mythologies.
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  20. Illegal Loves and Sexual Deviancy: Homosexuality as a Threat in Cold War Canada.Erin Gallagher-Cohoon - 2013 - Constellations (University of Alberta Student Journal) 4 (2).
    This paper analyzes the criminalization and medicalization of homosexuality during the early twentieth century in Canada. Through court records and medical texts the discourse of homosexuality as a threat to the family unit and to the nation is contextualized within Cold War rhetoric. A Foucaultian conceptualization of power and discipline helps frame questions regarding homosexuality as a criminal offense and as a mental illness. It is argued that both state control and societal pressures constructed the homosexual as criminal, the homosexual (...)
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  21. A Moral Justification for Gay and Lesbian Civil RIghts Legislation.Vincent Samar - 1994 - In Timothy F. Murphy (ed.), Gay Ethics: Controversies in Outing, Civil Rights, and Sexual Science. New York, NY, USA: pp. 147-178.
    A Moral Justification for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Legislation.
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  22. Lesbians Reviewing/Reviewing Lesbians.Julia Penelope - 1988 - Feminist Studies 14 (3):606.
  23. Book Review: From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional LawFrom Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law, by NussbaumMartha. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [REVIEW]Barbara Koziak - 2011 - Political Theory 39 (6):808-811.
  24. The Meaning and Status of Gay and Lesbian Political Philosophy: A Rejoinder to E. Robert Statham, Jr.Mark Blasius - 1995 - Political Theory 23 (3):520-526.
  25. A Study Through A Butlerian Lens On The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights’ And Their Ineffectual Role In Protecting Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity And Expression.Arthit Meemaitree - unknown
    This research aims to criticize the role of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, that is, the ASEAN’s Human Rights mechanism, in developing protections toward Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, especially marriage rights, in this region. Since its formal existence in 2009 via ASEAN member’s ratification, this intergovernmental organization hasn’t provided any programs protecting the human rights of ASEAN peoples. However, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression fares much worse because this issue becomes internalized as the particular state’s (...)
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  26. Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization.Julien S. Murphy - 2000 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (1):76-78.
  27. Political Philosophy as Political Action: A Response to Mark Blasius. E. Statham Jr - 1995 - Political Theory 23 (3):517-519.
  28. Thoughtful Economic Man: Essays on Rationality, Moral Rules and Benevolence.Donald C. Hubin - 1993 - Ethics 103 (3):572-574.
    Some have attempted to justify benefit/ cost analysis by appealing to a moral theory that appears to directly ground the technique. This approach is unsuccessful because the moral theory in question is wildly implausible and, even if it were correct, it would probably not endorse the unrestricted use of benefit/ cost analysis. Nevertheless, there is reason to think that a carefully restricted use of benefit/ cost analysis will be justifiable from a wide variety of plausible moral perspectives. From this, it (...)
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  29. Do Wedding Dresses Come in Lavender?: The Prospects and Implications of Same-Sex Marriage.Angela Bolte - 1998 - Social Theory and Practice 24 (1):111-131.
  30. Reason, Faith and Homosexual Acts.John Finnis - 2001 - Catholic Social Science Review 6:61-69.
    Discusses Catholic teaching about homosexuality. Explains the philosophical rationale for that teaching. Argues that homosexual activity is wrong, along with all other non-marital sexual activity, because it undermines the goods of marriage.
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  31. The Shock of Men: Homosexual Hermeneutics in French Writing.Robert Harvey & Lawrence R. Schehr - 1997 - Substance 26 (3):187.
  32. The Homosexual and the Vatican: An American Attempt at Dialogue.C. R. A. Cunliffe - 1988 - New Blackfriars 69 (819):392-399.
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  33. Uranisme Et Unisexualité: A Late Victorian View of Homosexuality.P. W. J. Healy - 1978 - New Blackfriars 59 (693):56-65.
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  34. Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation: Legal Equality Without Identity.Sonu Bedi - 2013 - Cambridge University Press.
    The conventional interpretation of equality under the law singles out certain groups or classes for constitutional protection: women, racial minorities, and gays and lesbians. The United States Supreme Court calls these groups 'suspect classes'. Laws that discriminate against them are generally unconstitutional. While this is a familiar account of equal protection jurisprudence, this book argues that this approach suffers from hitherto unnoticed normative and political problems. The book elucidates a competing, extant interpretation of equal protection jurisprudence that avoids these problems. (...)
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  35. The Lesbian June Cleaver: Heterosexism and Lesbian Mothering.Bonnie Mann - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (1):149-165.
    For many of us, entry into motherhood involves an ambiguous visibility and intelligibility, where our acceptance into mainstream spaces as mothers entails a loss of lesbian difference. Mann explores this loss using the work of two philosophers of lesbian difference, Monique Wittig and Judith Butler. She argues that the figure of the lesbian mother is deployed on a broad cultural scale to reinvigorate and renaturaUze the myth of the happy, natural, heterosexual mother.
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  36. Anti-Homosexual and Gay: Rereading Sartre.Christine Pierce - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (1):10-23.
    Jean-Paul Sartre's questions about anti-Semitism in Anti-Semite and Jew are ones we should want asked about heteronormativity—what causes it, what sustains it, why is so little being done about it, what should be done. Although the parallels between anti-Semitism and heteronormativity are not exact, relevant Sartrian ideas include nationalism, choosing to reason falsely, living in the future, and authenticity. Foremost is Sartre's claim that bigotry is not about ideas but a certain type of personality.
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  37. Toward a Phenomenology of Sex-Right: Reviving Radical Feminist Theory of Compulsory Heterosexuality.Kathy Miriam - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (1):210-228.
    In this essay, Miriam argues for a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach to the radical feminist theory of sex-right and compulsory heterosexuality. Against critics of radical feminism, she argues that when understood from a phenomenological’ hermeneutic perspective, such theory does not foreclose female sexual agency. On the contrary, men's right of sexual access to women and girls is part of our background understanding of heteronormativity, and thus integral to the lived experience of female sexual agency.
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  38. Reassessing the Foster-Care System: Examining the Impact of Heterosexism on Lesbian and Gay Applicants.Damien Wayne Riggs - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (1):132-148.
    In this essay, Riggs demonstrates how heterosexism shapes foster-care assessment practices in Australia. Through an examination of lesbian and gay foster-care applicants’ assessment reports and with a focus on the heteronormative assumptions contained within them, Riggs demonstrates that foster-care public policy and research on lesbian and gay parenting both promote the idea that lesbian and gay parents are always already “just like” heterosexual parents. To counter this idea of “sameness,” Riggs proposes an approach to both assessing and researching lesbian and (...)
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  39. Philosophizing Crossdressers; or, Who Does What Things with Which Words?Gudrun Klein - 1994 - Hypatia 9 (3):163-182.
  40. Sex, Gender and Heteronormativity: Seeing ‘Some Like It Hot’ as a Heterosexual Dystopia.Terrell Carver - 2009 - Contemporary Political Theory 8 (2):125-151.
    Billy Wilder's classic film ‘Some Like It Hot’ prefigures Judith Butler's concept of performativity in relation to sex, gender and sexuality. Butler introduced this in Gender Trouble, demonstrating that sex, gender and sexuality are naturalized effects of citation and repetition. In that text she explains that denaturalization is visibly demonstrated by drag. Later in Bodies that Matter she argues that drag in ‘Some Like It Hot’ does not denaturalize heterosexuality, but rather fortifies it. What then for Butler divides denaturalizing drag (...)
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  41. Fleeing Dictatorship: Socialism, Sexuality and the History of Science in the Life of Aldo Mieli.Cristina Chimisso - unknown
    This article examines the life and activities of the Italian intellectual Aldo Mieli as examples of the impact on intellectual agendas of interference by the authorities. Mieli is nowadays known as one of the founders of the history of science as an autonomous discipline and as a pioneer of gay rights. For most of his life he managed to further his activities related to the history of science. The political career that he started as a young man, however, was cut (...)
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  42. Institutionalized Male Transvestism, the Couvade, and Homosexual Behavior.J. Patrick Gray & Jane E. Ellington - 1984 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 12 (1):54-63.
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  43. In Our Best Interest: Meeting Moral Duties to Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescent Students.Patricia Illingworth & Timothy Murphy - 2004 - Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (2):198-210.
  44. Paul Johnson and Robert M. Vanderbeck: Law, Religion and Homosexuality: Routledge, 2014, 209 Pp, £80 , ISBN: 978-0415832687.Stella Coyle - 2015 - Feminist Legal Studies 23 (1):111-115.
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  45. The Moral Defense of Homosexuality: Why Every Argument Against Gay Rights Fails.Chris Meyers - 2015 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    In this book, Chris Meyers takes the reader on a careful, rational, sustained criticism of arguments about the immorality of homosexuality. Meyers refutes anti-gay arguments by showing that they are based on unreasonable or demonstrably false ideas about the nature of morality.
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  46. Quod Non Est in Actis Non Est in Mundo: Legal Words, Unspeakability and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue.Mariano Croce - 2015 - Law and Critique 26 (1):65-81.
    This article centres on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage with a view to exploring the issue of unspeakability; that is, the condition whereby some questions cannot be articulated because of a lack of words. More specifically, the article will explore what happens to those social practices that are not given legal speakability and thereby legal recognition/protection. To this end, I first focus on how words are produced in the sphere of everyday life and their dependence on the existence of (...)
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  47. Why Every Argument Against Gay Rights Fails: Homosexuality and Morality.Chris Meyers - 2015 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Chris Meyers takes the reader on a careful, rational, sustained criticism of arguments about the immorality of homosexuality. Meyers refutes anti-gay arguments by showing that they are based on unreasonable or demonstrably false ideas about the nature of morality. Working through the morality arguments against homosexuality, Meyers shows how the nature of morality demands impartial, overriding reasons to act, and that it is not grounded in visceral feelings of disgust, commands from the scriptures, or mysterious Platonic essences. In clear, convincing (...)
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  48. Pomosexuals Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality.Carol Queen & Lawrence Schimel - 1997
  49. Queering the Canon Defying Sights in German Literature and Culture.Christoph Lorey & John L. Plews - 1998
  50. The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights.Richard D. Mohr - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (1):243-246.
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