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01 July 2015 @ 05:55 am
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I first encountered Wayne Allyn Root in the pro football magazines, where he was offering his services as an investment adviser. Now he has moved on to defending America against same-sex marriage, which threatens to infect the rest of us with the diabolical notion that marriage can be something other than a tiresome duty. Amanda Marcotte mocks him, including pointing out that his statistics don't work. If he applied those arithmetical skills to beating the spread, it's no wonder he needed a new gig.

Thanx to Pandagon.
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Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on July 1st, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
Marcotte says, "I always found it facile to write off homobigots as all closeted gay people who are afraid to let their true desires out." My theory is that there's two kinds of homobigots, and that's one kind. The salient point about them is not that they're afraid to let their true gay selves out so much as that they believe all supposedly straight people are, like themselves, actually unhappy closeted gays. On that belief, it's only society's enforcement of heteronormality that keeps straight couples together and procreating, so that enforcement must not be allowed to decay. Thus they aim to inhibit and limit gay rights.

The other type of homobigot is the exact opposite: they're so rigidly straight that they believe that nobody is actually gay. On that belief, supposedly gay people are either willfully perverse or mentally ill. Thus they focus on things like "conversion therapy" and use phrases like "get the gay out."

What the two types have in common is a sincere belief that what they see when they look inside their own hearts is exactly what exists inside everybody else's heart (including each other's, which is why they have no idea that they come in two types). That's why they're eager to enforce single societal norms, because those norms are what they want and therefore, they believe, what everybody actually wants, and that only a political plot to break down society can explain a movement to allow or promote diversity.