June 10, 2010


As our countries lawmakers assemble to argue and possibly repeal the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy of gays openly serving in the armed services; sociology majors around the country are biting at the bit while waiting for the decision. The social paradigms are plentiful as both sides argue for and against their take on the policy. The issue that should concern us is the pluralistic democracy that our country operates on. The majority rules and congressman wanting their constituents vote for the next elections may outweigh the responsibility to uphold the ideal of “all men are created equal”. This could of course further slow progress and allow the more powerful groups voice to quiet those who are most affected by the decision.
The most closely studied part of this decision will include the symbolic interaction theory. As gays are allowed to openly serve in the military, the performances of heterosexuals will be put on center stage. Regulations will need to be upheld despite the conservative ideals that much of the armed services are built around. As always the institution of the military will continue to function appropriately but under closer scrutiny of civilians. If the script is edited and the policy is repealed how will the structural functionalists on the civilian side adjust their broad consensus of values? Will there be any change other than words on a piece of paper?
Thanks to http://the44diaries.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/dont-ask.jpg for the graphic.


  1. I love the image of sociologists around the country biting at the bit!! We sociology types sure do live in interesting times... I really appreciate feeling like we are part of history and that today's news items--moments we are living through--will be seen as important historical moments in the generations to come.

  2. Just caught a bit of a telethon on Larry King Live, for the Gulf Region. Just as we have discussed in class today's moments are tomorrow's history. I hope America makes me eat my words regarding the apathy during Katrina. I think ole Will was right, "life is a stage," but with sociology we can be an educated audience. Thanks Dr A!