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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Fearing the mambo ... the horizontal mambo!

Ion often reads Huffington Post, and she pointed this article out to me.

'Brokeback' & Abu Ghraib: What's our Problem with Gays?:

That day after I studied the Abu Ghraib images, I stumbled over gay sex again. This time, it was in a conversation with a Media Guru about the upcoming Academy Awards. He saw a ratings disaster. "After Jon Stewart's opening segment," he said, "everyone will change the channel."

"What makes you think so?"

"This country isn't going to show up to watch 'Brokeback Mountain' win a bunch of awards."

He's probably right. It doesn't matter that "Brokeback" has out-earned all of the Best Picture nominees. Or that Bill O'Reilly's prophesy --- "This movie does not do big box office outside the big cities. It won't. They're not going to go see the gay cowboys in Montana" --- has been proven wrong, not just in "liberal" Missoula and Helena but in hard-core Billings and other "Red" strongholds as well.

So here's my question: Why are so many Americans --- most of them living where there's no uncloseted homosexual for miles --- so full of fear and hate for gay men? (Gay women are another story; just ask any horny guy.) Why is gay sex unacceptable within our borders, but ideal to export to foreign torture chambers? Why, of all our urgent issues, is homosexuality right up there at the top?

I propose that many of our issues with gay men relates to our issues with sex. Period. But, anyway, this is a good article and I recommend it!

Now, seriously, go look at the history of sex. Start with Gayle Rubin's "Thinking Sex." People have some major problems with the horizontal mambo.


Blogger Dark Daughta said...

I wrote something about Abu Graihb and the homosexualizatin of the tortured detainees. It might be of interest to you...

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