posted on Apr, 11 2006 @ 06:27 PM
All right, here's my take on it.
This would indeed be an absurd idea, something over the top, off the wall, out of bounds, beyond the pale, and half a dozen similar metaphors I
haven't the time to bother typine, except that people's attitudes in this culture towards gay people are, on the whole, so outrageous that
absurd, over the top, off the wall, etc. measures are fully justified to try to correct the problem.
If they work, that is -- and that's my biggest complaint about the measure. I have my doubts that it will.
A minority of human beings of both sexes have always been attracted to their own gender, and always will be. There is nothing they or anyone else can
do about it, even granting that anything ought to be done. Yet these people are subjected to all kinds of official and unofficial persecution in this
culture. A lot of heterosexuals, perhaps most of them, feel uncomfortable about gay sex and don't want to be confronted with it. And when I say
"gay sex" I don't mean REALLY sex like a porn show on the sidewalk (most people wouldn't want to be confronted with straight sex to that extent in
public either), but simple innocuous things like a couple holding hands, or giving each other a farewell peck, or even just referring to their
relationship with their partner!
I'm not talking about religious beliefs here. I'm talking about visceral loathing, unearned and unwarranted, that leads almost always to social
ostracism, often to persecution, and sometimes to violence.
This is an attitude that needs to change. I'm not at all convinced the method being suggested here, with textbooks highlighting gay people's
contributions to history, will do much to change it. And I'm dubious about it for that reason.
But given the prevailing misguided public attitude towards homosexuality, it would take a lot more than this for me to believe an effort to correct
that attitude is genuinely over the top. I think I'd draw that line at hard-labor reeducation camps, instead.