Marxist perspective works on the principle of conflict and struggle between social classes and strata. It is not just a political ideology but also an economic principle as well as a social tool for observing what is happening to society. Geography talks about the concept of space as well as art. I would like to make a diversion here as to what is really the expected output from me. I want to employ this perspective on the issue of streets and establishments in relation with gender issues that seem to be so rampant in the world nowadays.
First issue to discuss and delve into is the politics of space. Clearly, we know that sidewalk vending is an issue and definitely induces conflict among social classes. Poor people make a living, at the same time, the elitist ones despise and hate them so much because of them being a nuisance. Applying that analogy in terms of gender, we have to see the relevance of the brothels and cabarets that cater to the LGBT community. These places serve as their havens: their own protection from the scrutiny of the people who cannot understand them.
The problem here is very clear. The authority always looks down on these establishments. They raid and demand the abortion of its operations. Have we ever thought of the principle of happiness on their part? These places provide them entertainment and fun. It is their coping up mechanism to counter such oppressive society. The members of this community are having problems psychologically and emotionally and these places serves as their refuge. When attacked, they are deprived of their social space. This applies to those that are closet ones who may see this place as a refuge for them. The conflicting parties here are simple, the mainstream people who oppresses which are oftentimes hypocrite and the ostracized ones who seek only a place for them to unwind and break free from the restrictions of the society.
Second issue is the economics of space. Reality check, we see that poor people who are not educated who has the looks and body as we say get into these brothels to make a living. They end up selling their own bodies for daily survival. They do things that they do not want because they need to. As we say, desperate times call for desperate measures. This somehow alleviates them from the harsh effects of poverty.
These places provides them avenue for them to get income to sustain themselves. In terms of the LGBT, on this space, they gain self-actualization. They gain self-esteem here. In terms of the operation of these places, they only provide entertainment value. When they are shut down, they lose their value as a place and their relevance to the people who actually benefit from such: the people who are getting means of survival and people getting means of entertainment.
The last issue is the sociology of space. This involves group struggle on the part of the LGBT community. They fight for their space in the society: a fight for space to be accepted, to be treated as part of the community, and still human beings. Since the society we belong in is highly conservative, such liberal mindset on gender really finds it place of belonging difficult. There are some who resort to keep themselves highly reserved so as not to scandalize them. There are some who flamboyantly express themselves but faces such horrible scrutiny.
Religion is a part of the society as well that also has a bearing on the issue of gender. They do say that homosexuals have no place in heaven because it is a sin. They also say that they do not condemn homosexuality but the homosexual act only. By analyzing both, the social institutions as well are self-contradicting and it is counter-intuitive in that sense. Even the space in religion is also not credible. They say that all the members of the church are straight, so clean and not so homos, then why there are issues of homosexuality among their class and why there are members of them that commit molestation on young boys? They fight against homosexuality as a church but some of them are homosexuals as well. Such thing is hypocrisy and confuses the spaces of people in the society. It must be pondered upon and criticized. Toleration is not enough.
Look in the society now, they fight for the anti-discrimination bill which aims to secure equality and protection against heinous criticisms society has to offer yet it is not passed. What does it show? The politics, economics and sociology of space for the LGBT here is very crucial. Those who are in power do not want them to have their space because of the delay in passing. Also, since they have the economic means, they can overpower these people who only want to live in a free and equal society. Lastly, the LGBT society has the power to continuously fight. Toleration is not enough for them; acceptance is the best for them. It is not enough that few people understand them; it should be the society as whole. As long as acceptance is not in hand, conflict will not end at all. Think again if your critical enough.