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 “Love affairs with corpses, small children, and farm animals will also be on display in a natural nonchalant fashion in the new raft of progressive shows, titles such as I DREAM OF STINKY, PEDERASTY JUNCTION, and OLD MACDONALD HAD A SHEEP.” 

--From John C. Wright’s screed, complete text here

Why do I bring that up again? Because a New Unpleasantness has arisen that I am not at liberty to discuss in detail right now, another ugliness that will hide behind the scenes of genre fiction publishing for now. If and when it comes to full public light, I’ll report on it here. But for now, I will confine my comments to one particular aspect, the one also stated so crudely in Wright’s asinine remarks. I speak of the persistent, disgusting and wholly evil tactic of homophobes to associate gay male sexuality with pedophilia.  Again and again these people make statements that either state directly or imply that m/m love is tantamount to raping kids. It’s a psychotic obsession with them. Sometimes, as in the case of the New Unpleasantness, they couch it in phony-baloney Christian piety and condescension. In other cases, as with Wright, they are just plain foul and vomitous in their hate.

Just in case any fundies, teabaggers, birthers, Death Panelists, Palin-lickers or other dain-bramaged nitwits are reading this, here’s a sweet and irrefutable fact for you to suck on, fuckers: Child molesters are, as a species, overwhelmingly straight dudes, regardless of the sex of their victims. Regardless. Of. The. Sex. The compulsion to abuse kids doesn’t have its basis in “normal” sexual orientation and it sure as hell has nothing in particular to do with being gay. If it did, then mobs of gay child molesters would be a reality rather than just a homophobic delusion. So suck it on it, jerks. Isn’t it sweet? Its statistical irrefutability should make it go down so smoothly. You want to believe that straight men are “normal” because they outnumber the fags? Fine. But you also need to wholly own the fact that straight child molesters are the “normal” breed of child molesters, too. Statistics.

(Though I know, of course, the I-Got-Faith crowd Don’t-Need-Facts, so I don’t know why I bother.)

Science fiction and the other speculative genres are, in my view of them, places for expansive imagination, artistic honesty and intellectual integrity. This does not mean you have to be a “liberal,” but associating a whole class of people with child rapists based on a wholly delusional understanding of their sexuality is the kind of ugliness that just plain doesn’t fit into the genre fiction-publishing world anymore, and should be repelled whenever it is encountered. It is a hate tactic through and through.

Talking about molesting kids and about homosexuals in the same sentence is obviously designed from the ground up to both insult and horrify. Few things, if anything at all, sound more appalling to most people than raping a kid. Add to this the fact that everyone is indoctrinated to believe that gay sex is just plain gross, and there you have the perfect formula to attack gays.  This is just the worst example of a whole host of ways that homophobic fuckwits try to gin up the “yuck” factor to turn on more primordial reptile-brain hate against the fags. When they’re not suggesting we rape kids, then they are making wild, psychotic assertions about how we generally have sex. You’ve heard it all. In their fantasy-land, 1) we fuck each others asses literally every day; 2) As a group, we have many, many sex partners, also on a daily basis; 3) We also—and this is Sean Hannity’s fave—we routinely engage in the practice of “fisting.” (Look it up if you don’t know—I don’t have time to describe it here); and 4) Indeed, our sexual proclivities are so predatory in nature that all straight men need to fear that we may look at or touch them in an icky manner. This may be entirely more information than any reader of this post wants, but I can tell you that around my house…1) No, almost never; 2) I wish! but no; 3) Never!; and 4) Most str8 dudes just aren’t hot enough for us. Sorry y’all.

When I was in high school, I worked on the student newspaper, and we covered the horrifying case of a teacher at another school was run out of his job and hounded out of town for being gay. I won’t rehash the whole story, and I won’t mention names, because I hope this guy has a decent life now and would probably not want people from those days bringing all this up again. Long story short, the persecution went like this: 1) Rumor spread somehow that he was gay; 2) Someone “confirmed” the rumor by claiming to have seen him at a park that was supposedly a notorious gay cruising area (it wasn’t); 3) Oh my God! The children! Boo hoo hoo! Will someone think of the children!; 4) Allegation from the shadows that he was also a pot-smoker; 5) Police raid on his home where they discovered gay porn, confirming the gay rumor; 6) Teacher tarred as a pedophile.  Wait! What the fuck? Where did that come from? Well, yeah, being gay and working in a school…well, duh! But there’s more: a physician, who was supposedly some kind of “expert” in human physiology, examined some of the porn that was raided from this guy’s home and gave his opinion that one of the performers in one of the videos was “probably” only seventeen years of age. Child molester, ipso facto.  Even back in the late 1980s when all this happened, it wasn’t possible to fire the guy just for being gay (like it would be where I live now). This was in Wisconsin, which has generally been fairly progressive on these matters, and even back then there was protection under employment discrimination law for sexual orientation. So the fact that he was a proven fag wasn’t enough: they had to suggest that he was also a pedophile. That’s how they do it.

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otterdance
Sep. 8th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Hi. Lynn from TOA here. Excellent post! Funny you should mention the change in attitude in Wisconsin over the years. I grew up in Northern Maine, a pretty rural area for the most part, though my town was more white collar, but with its share of bible thumper types. Back in the early 70s the 8th grade social studies teacher was famous. He was everyone's introduction to the fact that there were such thing as gay people. He was openly gay, had an affair with another teacher--caught kissing in the halls, no less-- and had broken up another marriage, and guess what? No one cared, or at least not enough to make a fuss. No movement was made to get him fired and no one suggested he was a pedophile, though that's probably because he really seemed to hate all of us kids and we were scared to death of him, which had nothing to do with him being gay, but that he was mean-tempered and strict. Hell of a good teacher, though.

I'm not saying that he never faced discrimination or wasn't insulted and called names, but he wasn't fired or physically attacked, or driven out of the community.

Fast forward to 2001 or two, thereabouts. A state legislator, female and openly lesbian, was scheduled to speak at a career day at my old high school about public service and being a politician. The fundies raised holy hell and she wasn't allowed to attend. What the hell happened?

It's frightening to think that things are getting worse on some levels rather than better. At least Maine finally legalized gay marriage. Now if it will just survive the November referendum.

Sorry to blather on. I liked the post and it brought up some memories. That teacher and the community's acceptance impacted me in a very positive way. I wish more people had such experiences. And I really like "dumbassity."
ext_142073
Sep. 8th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
The language in the New Unpleasantness which casually uses pedophilia as an example in the same breath in talking about GLBTQ issues is particularly vile and a cowardly tactic, as is the reasonable and friendly tone. It all reeks of a hate deeper than anything in existence these days.

I do advocate for dealing with these things in a very professional level En Mass, ie at the OA level. On the individual level: give 'em hell.

What I think liberal/progressives have done in the past which I don't advocate is continued respect of the belief system. Christian Fundamentalism lies at the heart of almost all of this crap, at least here in the states. While I believe the Christian Bible and Torah can (and do for plenty of good people) form the basis for a perfectly fine morality and ethical worldview, using it in this way calls for a putting into place of these people.

Every holy book in the world was written by men, not a god. No one has the bat phone to the infinite. So using words written by primitive men in male-dominated, slave-supported societies of the past over the scientific understanding we have today is a sign of ignorance, and philosophical laziness.

The family, marriage, romantic love even, are societal structures that have not always looked as they do today. And we have the ability, the knowledge, the emotional enlightenment to respect and honor all the inflections of humanity. I can honor those structures that work while allowing for evolutions that take into account other family structures. I know what a happy family looks like: and sometimes it might have two moms or dads, etc. So what. Straight people fucked up marriage before gays ever even got a whisper of a chance at it.

Sorry, I'm rambling.

Maybe things get worse from here. I hope not, AND... I don't thing anyone cares about the person they are not anymore... or only insofar as they believe they can make you be the person they believe you should be. Hate the sin/ love the sinner, as is said.

How about just loving and leaving the hate behind?

But that's just rainbows and butterfly nonsense.

B
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
FUBAR
Wow that's seriously FUBAR about that teacher. Taking it to the even larger picture though, it's depressing that we never learned a thing from WWII.

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the homosexuals, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn't a homosexual. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

What gets me is where were the voices of all the people who knew this was wrong?

On a lighter note, regarding #4, it constantly amazes me that enough women find us straight men attractive enough to continue the species.

mbranesf
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: FUBAR
There was actually a great deal of noise from people who knew this was wrong, but the people in decision-making capacities were cowards and declined to do the right thing, and I think it also must have become personally unbearable for the man himself. It was a different time also. While things are not totally great now by any stretch (and in fact are worse in 2009 in the state I live in now than they were 20 years ago up there), some progress has been made and I suspect that if the same scenario played out in the same place now, the outcome would be a lot different. On the other hand, the religious fuckwits are a lot louder now, too, so maybe not.

Regarding #4...yeah it's one of those mysteries of biology :)
mbranesf
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Hy Lynn! Thanks for your comments. Yeah, Wisconsin where I lived for my first 18 years, was generally pretty progressive. There was a major setback in 2006 when voters approved by ballot measure one of those marriage amendments. Which I thought was a rather stunning development there. I was also disappointed that the ballot measure itself as a way of making law had penetrated into yet another state--stupid Western-states practice that's now spread almost everywhere. Some of the damage of '06 was recently undone there, however, because they passed into law via the legislature and governor a domestic partnership law that, as the wing nuts like to say, "is virtually indistinguishable from marriage."

Brandon, yeah I'm with you on the "respect of the belief system" thing. I think it's patently moronic and I wish more people would say so. The fundies don't respect anyone else, so I say fuck 'em. I'm way past having the slightest interest in conversing with anyone whose every argument hangs wholly on their idea of what the Bible says. You can't reason with anyone whose every reply is "the Bible says so" even when it DOESN'T.
mumbling_sage
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
> 4) Most str8 dudes just aren’t hot enough for us. Sorry y’all.
Always been my thought (I mean, hell, they generally aren't hot enough for most bipedal mammals with brains). I need to find a way to relate this post, more civilly, to various members of my social circle and, alas, family. Because my usual tactic of foaming at the mouth is sadly unhelpful.
mumbling_sage
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh yes and I wish I had a better comment on the '06 fiasco in my own homestate, but I don't, except I think it was the start of my interest in LGBT rights. And I hadn't heard of that domestic partnership law before, I'm glad to see it now.
tacithydra
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Howdy howdy. I'm collecting the responses I can find to the FFO/Freivald business. Should I include both this and your FFO specific post, or only the FFO specific one?
mbranesf
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Go ahead and include any entries on my LJ as well as the post from www.mbranesf.blogspot.com
heavenscalyx
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
You rock. That's all I can say.
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