Sexual diversity, Critical Diversity and Social Justice
Ethnicity and social justice are a critical factor in the study and scholarly thinking about sexuality. In a critical look at the Canadian academy school system, one has to really understand these concepts to be able to talk about sexuality in these places of learning. For once, the academies are yet to fully embrace and factor in the presence of black students in these academies, the issue of sexual diversity in these minority groups becomes even more curious and therefore less likely to be accepted readily in the same context as the sexual diversity of the Euro-Asian counterparts.
Taking the ethnic background as a consideration for a discussion of sexual orientation cannot be fully explained if it is not paralleled with the known diversities such as religion. The writer points us towards the issue of African monotheism and especially the practice of islam which was suppressed due simply to the dislike by the colonial slave traders. The parallel drawn here is that if islam cannot be viewed as a black religion then there is a denial of the existence of any religion in the African/black people. This line of thought is thus what ails the society which denies that there are indeed queers and transgender people of black origin and that these people will always exist and can be found in the Canadian society as well, in fact, within the scholarly and academy system in the Canadian education system.
The main aspect of the writers thought is summarized by his coined phrase critical diversity. This is explained as the inclusiveness that encompasses and surpasses the shallow thinking of ethnic or racial diversity. It includes the inclusivity and tolerance in all manner of diversity. Critical diversity as the writer puts it goes beyond the study of sexuality in the general. It throws racial diversity within the sexuality debate into the mix, so that the potential interracial differences and attributes must also be studied to determine their unique aspects. Critical diversity therefore tends to bring into focus the minute details that may bring about discrimination even within the minority groups themselves. This critical diversity is what may truly lead us into social justice. The writer also points out that without this critical diversity then social justice would be but a pipe dream. The cross cutting nature of humanity demands that all factors that make as human be incorporated in our various spheres for us to truly blend and achieve social justice.
The study of sexuality has raised many new and complex feelings in populations worldwide. Just like the study of religion, there is no known divide as to where to start or stop in the debate about sexual inclusivity and diversity complexes in the society. The major concerns here ought to be geared towards tolerance and inclusivity in all manner of aspects in life.
Sexual orientation ought not to be left merely to the imagination but to the practicality of all the situations that abound. The use of resources must be both interactive and inclusive in order that social justice is seen to be done. The main culprit of social injustice other than social discrimination and normally an offshoot of such discrimination is mental health. This is why it is always imperative that aspects touching on social justice touch on mental health as well (Canadian mental health association). The psychiatric health in sexual diversity issues is a crucial aspect as this always comes to the fore due to the perceived societal norms. The strain caused by these perceived or set norms may lead to more aberrant psychiatric conditions especially in the LGBT groups.
Critical thinking when used properly may lead to the structured continual appliance of norms and ideas that will erase the effects of the lopsided traditional views. The provision of health services is a crucial humanity service. Because of the special needs of the LGBT group of individuals, this service is crucial and ways for provision of ultimate health must be inculcated into health care providers(Arnold and de Peuter).
LGBT health has been a prickly situation with studies showing the prevalence of certain transmissible diseases as being higher in this population than in the straight population. This has led to prejudice and branding of LGBT persons as pests in society. In fact such branding is what brings about the closet phenomenon(Walcott).
Social justice in the context of critical diversity will thus open up any organization in a way that will make it more progressively inclusive to all divergent views. Tolerance and acceptance must therefore be in the forefront of the thinking mind. It is often hard to express certain feelings against the norms of a society, yet it is prudent that these views come out. We should therefore embrace critical diversity in our quest to institute social justice.
There will therefore never be social justice if it is given deadlines, if it is viewed as a set of procedures that can be accomplished within a set time frame(Walcott). The difference between social justice within the critical diversity framework and the one without is the constant study, amalgamation and incorporation of ideas as they emerge, the discarding of inconsistent views and the embracing of the new in a way that makes an all inclusive society. Societal norms maybe inconsistent with new beliefs in the area of sexual diversity, the toleration of these does not in any way negate ones beliefs nor do they infringe on them. It is therefore important that all sectors of human association be taught the importance of social justice and critical diversity so that the world may have a more tolerant society. The ability to live in tolerance would in turn help to stabilize the world and make peace an almost reality.
Arnold, Susanne, and Jennifer de Peuter. “Gender and Sexual Diversity.” 2007 : 1–79. Print.
Canadian mental health association. “Mental Health.” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people and mental health. 2014. Web. 7 Jan. 2014.
Walcott, Rinaldo. Beyond the Queer Alphabet. Ed. Malinda Smith & Fatima Jaffer. Alberta, 2012.