Reading Journal#1 – Essay Example
Reading Journal Reading Journal Heinz Heger’s article “The Men with the Pink Triangle” explores the life-and-death story of homosexuals in the Nazi death camps. A significant passage in the article is under the subheading “The Invisible Lesbian”, which says “The third and most cynical argument was also the most influential: ‘Aryan’ lesbians could be used as breeders regardless of their own feelings, and reproduction was the most urgent goal of Nazi population politics” (Heger 11).
The quote explores the feelings of the government on gays, lesbians, and gender equality. Gays and lesbians lived secret lives because the government saw their behavior as alien. When caught, gays underwent untold suffering, which included castration and incarceration. Although lesbianism was not an acceptable behavior, the Nazi administration did not see lesbians (women) as a threat to the stability of the regime. The government emphasized that the main purpose of women in the society was to breed.
I find the quote significant because it mirrors a chauvinistic society in which women were perceptibly breeders, rather than the likelihood of them being leaders. The main goal was to increase the Nazi population as much as possible. The quote is memorable because it signifies a period when the rights of women were nonexistent. The society saw them as useful only in terms of reproduction, irrespective of the feelings they had towards the opposite sex.
The analysis of this quote provides an insight on the perceived role of women in the society in terms of breeders, and gender inequality as a whole. The Nazi government did not perceive lesbians as a threat to leadership, as compared to gay men, but they only saw them as reproducers. In addition, it broadens the topic of gays and lesbianism and their rights as humans.
Heger, Heinz. The Men with the Pink Triangle. New York: Alyson Books.