Sunday, 22 May 2011

Warning: Contagious sexualities ahead

The internet is generally accepted to be made up of 87% bile and flaming, but even after years of surfing some of it still leaves me taken aback from time to time. Today it's been flagrant homophobia - as well as finding out I'm slowly committing suicide by being attracted to women, I've found out I'm also infecting other people with this harmless evil affliction. Stay away from me, I might be contagious!

Martin Mawyer, president of Christian Action Network, has made an incredibly ill-informed report about homosexuals and lesbians attending Gay Days at Disney World. Normally I'd simply brush the insults off, but the accusations made in a certain article of his are too offensive to be ignored. Allow me to introduce you to the gallery of straw men...

Straw man number one: gay children for gay parents.
You might cringe at the thought that kids as young as 4 or 5 will be at this meeting, but they surely will be. You can count on it. Their homosexual parents WILL take their little kids and parade them around as Gay and Lesbian Tykes.
Children do not inevitably inherit their parent's sexuality. We didn't magically spring out of the ground or fall from the stork's beak one day - we're by and large the children of straight parents. Likewise, the children of lesbian or gay couples often turn out to be straight themselves. All part of life's rich tapestry and nothing to be ashamed of.

Straw man number two - sexuality is the same as sexual activity.
How does a 13 or 14-year-old know he or she is homosexual?
Same way as you figured out you were straight, Martin. Through our emotions and responses to other people, not through sex alone. Unless you want to admit you could equally have been a homosexual before you first had sex with a woman?

Straw man number three - an outbreak of gayness:
Take the little tykes into a seabed of 100,000 homosexuals, introduced them into the raucous sex that is all around them, show them other little children who are homosexual, and maybe they can force their homosexuality on their kids.
You can't force or persuade someone to be a different sexuality on demand. Yes, sexuality is fluid but it can't be controlled at the whim of others or even by the conscious mind - it's a part of your personality and nothing to be ashamed of. Being LGB doesn't make you unable to control your sexual urges either, contrary to what Mawyer heavily implies throughout this article. It's not an infection, it's a variation no more evil than having brown hair or green eyes.

Straw man number four: homosexuals are sexual predators.
There’s only one way to know for sure. And that means these parents are allowing them to engage in sex.
This myth is by far the most damaging to lesbians, gays and bisexuals in society - it's not so much a straw man, more of a straw golem. As mentioned above, being gay doesn't mean we'll become inflamed with lust at the sight of anything with a pulse, it simply means we're attracted to people of a different gender to straight people. The idea that we're all fine with sexual abuse is hugely offensive and wildly inaccurate - we're just as opposed to sexual abuse as anyone else. Same-sex couples can make great parents, someone's sexuality does not dictate how much they'll love their children or how much they'll care for them.

In summary: Martin Mawyer is a dickhead. Don't tell him that though, he'll think I'm trying to convert him or something.


  1. Very good summary :)
    "a seabed of 100,000 homosexuals... raucous sex that is all around" Sounds a lot more interesting than the time I went to Disneyland and was surrounded by £30 hats and endless 'parades'

  2. Yeah, we don't get anything like that here in the UK. Maybe a few people in bright colours around Alton Towers now and then, but I don't think it's on nearly the same scale or has the same aims. ;)

  3. I think we need to get Peter Tatchell on to it :)

  4. Nah, he deals with the important stuff. I tend to deal with the small-time bigots. :)