The article investigates presentday
discourses which demonstrate coercive power with regard to sexuality according to
which people are attributed an identity. Such hegemony restricts existential authenticity.
The article shows that, although sexual minorities could have public rights according to
constitutional law, they still experience marginalisation because of victimisation on account
of a heteronormative societal discourse. The article consists of an introductory section in
which Michel Foucault’s notion of ‘the archaeology of knowledge’ is used to explore levels of
perceptions in society which illustrate perceptions and ideas on homophobia. The first section
focuses on the phenomenon of stigmatisation. The second section describes the process of
stereotyping taboos that result in the phenomenon of internalised homophobia. The article
concludes with a deconstruction of homophobia by emphasising the recognition of the Other
by means of a contradiscourse to heteronormativity.
This article is based on the
research of Mark le Roux’s
MTh dissertation, entitled
‘Argeologie van homofobie’.
The research was done under
the supervision of Prof. Dr
Yolanda Dreyer, Department
of Practical Theology, Faculty
of Theology, University of
Hierdie artikel is ’n verwerkte weergawe van aspekte van
die MTh-verhandeling van M.l.R (Universiteit van Pretoria),
met Y.D. (Universiteit van Pretoria) as promotor.