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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Missing the point

Once again, in their desperation to seem not too feminist or sexually unhip, Salon has missed the point entirely. They blindly insist that the only possible reason that people dog-piled Jack Ryan was because we are blushing prudes. Well, I can assure Ms Burana that those of us who think Ryan is an asshole, a twit, and a hypocrite don't think so because we weren't aware of exhibtionism. No, we just believe that if a politician feels that he can use the law, particularly a Constitutional amendment, to discriminate against people because of their sexual behavior, he'd better be prepared to offer up his sex life for careful examination to make sure that it is pure and holy as well. Does Jack Ryan profess a belief that discrimination against people because of their sexual desires is righteous? Let's examine what he says.

Homosexuals deserve the same constitutional protections, safeguards, and human dignity as every American, but they should not be entitled to special rights based on their sexual behavior.

Granted, he said "special rights", but we all know that's inflammatory rhetoric to describe "equal rights". The idea of it is that since he, Jack Ryan, could not be discriminated against because of homosexual behavior, then it's not discrimination. By that logic, since I am not a victim of racism, being white, it must not exist.
Anyway, he is for legal discrimination against people who have sexual proclivities that are outside of the Republican-defined norm. And you know what? Exhibitionism is outside of that norm, too. So, by his own logic, he not only doesn't have a special right not to be discriminated against, but it's our social obligation to smoke him out so we can discriminate against him.
And I'm not even going to go into how moronic the idea that tricking a woman into going into a sex club and then unleashing emotional abuse on her for her reluctance to have sex in public isn't "some ham-handed clueless guy 'encouragement'".

21 Comments:

Blogger Rachel Ann said...

Amanda,

I sort of disagree with you. I don't think anyone should have their sex lives opened up; even politicians (regardless of whether I agree or disagree on their stance about marriage/sex and all that).

My problem with Jack Ryan was not what he wanted but how he tried to get it; which is disgusting.

There are some things you don't surprise people with...and sex acts are one of them.

Always mutual, and always discussed.

The rest of it just falls away for me.

If he had simply tried to force her, in the privacy of their bedroom, to preform a certain type of sex act that most of us would see as normal, I would still see him as in the wrong.

It isn't the act he chose; it is the way he did it.

At least that is my feeling on the matter.

6/27/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

I don't have a problem with having a kinky sex life and I agree that the coercive elements are troubing, to say the least. But even if he wasn't an abusive husband, I still think that any politician who wishes to have legal discrimination based on sexual preference should be open to being treated badly if he or she has a sex life that falls outside of the much-vaunted "norm". It sucks that it has to be that way, but anyone who is eager to dish out judgment and discrimination due to sexual preference shouldn't whine when they have that thrown back in their faces.
I approved of Larry Flynt releasing the names of Republicans who have commited adultery who were persecuting Clinton for the same. Unless they learn that the left is willing to retaliate for their sexphobic, bigoted pandering, they will continue to do it.
I agree that the coercion is important, but so is the hypocrisy. If we focus insist that it's not in order to focus on the hypocrisy, what will happen when the next homophobic politician is outed as a homosexual or just kinky?

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