I have been working for equality for homosexuals on and off for about 36 years now, a perspective that reaches back to the very beginning of the modern movement for homosexual equality, which began in June of 1969 with the riots started at the Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village by drag queens who refused to follow the traditional kabuki ritual of a police raid.
However, my friend, Mark Koenig, who is a gay blogger at Newsreal, is new to advocating for homosexual equality and he has made the rookie mistake of framing the issue as one of an invalid animosity that good people must renounce. Not surprisingly, this has drawn a firestorm down upon him. However, he is an extremely intelligent and gracious man — which means he seeks and values my perspective — and we have had a chat. I have every confidence that he will frame his arguments in the future on the basis of conservative values of liberty, upholding the Constitution and small government.
I made the following comment on Mark’s post at Newsreal, “Banning Same-Sex Marriage = Rationalizing Bigotry“:
We lesbians and gays are seeking equality. Our goals are noble ones: to marry, to adopt children and to serve our country in the military. We are not seeking tolerance or approval, so let’s not call anyone a bigot.
However, the debate over equality for homosexuals DOES expose a number of ways that various religions have succeeded in appropriating the power of the state to enforce the tenets of their religion on everyone and to force taxpayers to fatten their religion’s wallet.
When it comes to the laws that social conservatives advocate for homosexuals and women, the fundamental intent does not seem to be morality but rather achieving maximum control of human reproduction to force people to have the largest possible number of children in order to generate wealth and power for their religion — in effect, when they have reached the limit of their powers of persuasion, to resort to appropriating the power of the state to take away the individual’s most fundamental liberty, the control of one’s person and reproductivity, and to deny equality to homosexuals for being insufficiently useful in directly producing children to serve the purposes of other people.
In addition, the quest for equality for homosexuals exposes the vast resourcefulness of various religions in getting the government to fund their proselytizing enterprises, including adoption agencies. Regarding the latter, it strikes me that these enterprises ought to be able to make their own way in the world and requiring them to do so is consistent with the conservative principles of smaller government and lower taxes so you can use your money to promote the charities you choose rather than the ones the government chooses.
Cynthia Yockey, A Conservative Lesbian and Newsreal Feminist Hawk
I was a bit surprised that the first commenter on Mark’s post included a tirade against anal sex. First of all, it’s none of his business when it’s between consenting adults in the privacy of their home. Second, while the value of the experience is obvious for the pitcher, most people don’t seem to know what’s in it for the catcher, so let me clear that up: prostate stimulation. This is why there are sex toys for internal prostate stimulation, which men enjoy because they are men — sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. Third, to be quite direct, the pitcher doesn’t get his penis all poopy because the catcher takes care of the hygiene measures required for, ahem, internal cleanliness. Plus, for safer sex, the pitcher uses a condom.
Update, 3/16/2010, Tues.:
While we’re in the neighborhood of “to each his own,” bear in mind that many gay men are thoroughly grossed out by the idea of a man having sex with a woman during her period and getting his penis all bloody.
Lesbians, however, really don’t have problems with either port of entry, mess-wise, because our penises generally are silicone and can be put aside for cleaning at any point in the festivities, so to speak.
Update, 3/16/2010, Tues.:
Oh, for heaven’s sake! I can’t leave anyone out — it would be WRONG. So — straight women have penises, too, just like the ones lesbians have — to wit, the RELIABLE kind, crafted in a variety of shapes, a rainbow of colors and a wide range of hygienic materials, which they can direct south to use solo or as a supplement or a back-up plan with a male partner. Because the correct answer to, “But I didn’t finish yet!” is NOT, “Sucks to be you.” HOWEVER, for a male partner who craves prostate stimulation, straight women also can strap on these instruments of pleasure and point them north, as detailed in the handy book and the instructional video featured below. (Note: these are affiliate links — if you buy these products after clicking this link, Amazon pays me a small commission that does not cost you any extra money. Your purchase is private and I have no way of knowing who bought any product.)
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