Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bizarre Homosex-Obsessed Comic Book

Via Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, check out this bizarre anti-gay comic book from 1986:


Even though this piece of, um, literature is more than 20 years old, when I saw this page, I am completely confident that it still speaks to those folks who today are obsessively fixated on the sex lives of gay men. And yes, I read through the entire comic book and, although it claims to be about "homosexuality," it really is only about men who have sex with men. After recounting how "male sodomites" do things like cruise for sex in parks and visit bath houses the only shout-out that lesbians get is a lazy (and untrue) afterthought: "lesbians do many of the same acts, but rely on mechanical devices also, such as penis-shaped electric vibrators." It's ridiculous, of course, to claim that there is any sort of preponderance of lesbian cruising spots and bathhouses in the reality-based world. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a good fear-mongering session.

Honestly, I don't think that many anti-gays give lesbians all that much thought. When they do mention lesbians at all, it's usually something along the lines of a "oh yeah, and lesbians are gross/immoral/wrong too" because they can't actually point to lesbians doing "icky" things like having anal sex, going to bathhouses, and utilizing glory holes. It's all so ignorant, really. Does it ever cross these people's minds that gay men tend to be more into casual sex than lesbians or heterosexuals because they're men and there is no limiting woman factor involved? Do people really think that heterosexual men would not be very excited about the prospect of bathhouses and public cruising spots where they could obtain free and no-strings-attached sex with women? I mean come on, that gay guys are into this stuff speaks more to the fact that they're men, not that they're "homosexuals."

Anyway, it's much easier for some to demonize people who, like gay men, are at greater risk for HIV/AIDS than other populations. And, taking a typical male-centric view of the world, I'm pretty sure that many anti-gays don't really consider sex between two women to be as big a threat as sex between two men. In the eyes of some anti-gays, even today, gay men are not complete living beings as nuanced and human as the rest of us, but rather they are sexual beings living sex-fueled lives defined by sexual encounters. Sadly, even today many people's opinions about "homosexuals" are not any more evolved than this 20-year-old comic book's.

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