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Homosexuality & American Psychiatry by Ronald Bayer
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Student Name Professor Name Philosophy 3 December 2012 Homosexuality & American Psychiatry by Ronald Bayer Bayer’s book is one of the summaries of the public and scientific debate in America in 1970s about the clinical and social status of homosexuality.
Exclusion was a common practice of academic environment and often remains such in contemporary media. Hence, this paper has to deal with both the texts in question and the social background, the context that affected the texts but did not happen to be documented in them. For this, additional textual evidence will be used. Charges Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) claims that the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) list is a political decision without any scientific foundation, no more than a victory of harmful “homosexual urban legends that have infiltrated every aspect of our culture” (TVC). The declaration does not oppose Bayer’s claims directly; rather, the author uses Bayer’s book as evidence. However, it does oppose Bayer’s stance on the changes in APA in 1972, cutting only the most dramatic passage out of the context. From the perspective of logic, this is an example of ambiguity created by quoting out of context (Gula 97). ...
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