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“I am not homophobic, but”: disclaiming in discourse resisting repeal of section 28’

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This article attempts to take seriously the discourse of the morally conservative in the context of the failed repeal of Section 28 in the year 2000, and explores the operation of opposition to repeal which denied that homophobia was its motivation. It is argued that such disclaiming implies an orientation towards an attribution of homophobia as unhelpful or undesirable in this context. The failure of those advocating repeal to successfully problematize such arguments is deemed to reflect a collective ‘discourse of tolerance’ which assisted the arguments of those against repeal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalSexualities
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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