Stigma and social attitudes

When the dominant culture defines some groups as different, as the Other, the members of these groups are imprisoned in their bodies. Dominant discourse defines them in terms of bodily characteristics and constructs those bodies as ugly, dirty, defiled, impure, contaminated or sick” (Iris Young, quoted in Sibley 1995, p 18)

It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness.” (Freud 1962, p 61) Continue reading “Stigma and social attitudes”