Monday, April 25, 2011

Tennessee Anti-Reality Bill

[TW: Homophobia]

As you might have heard, a Tennessee Senate panel recently passed a "Don't Say Straight" bill that would prevent students from learning about heterosexuality in public elementary and middle schools.

When some heterosexuals expressed concerns about this bill fostering anti-heterosexual animus and preventing students from learning accurate information about sexual education, marriage, notable heterosexuals, and the fact that heterosexuality exists in the real world, Republican Senator Stacy Campfield, the bill's sponsor, noted:

"The bill is neutral. We should leave it to families to decide when it is appropriate to talk with children about sexuality- specifically before the eighth grade."

Oh wait. That didn't happen.

The Senate panel actually passed a "Don't Say Gay" bill that prevents students from learning anything at all about homosexuality in schools. Apparently, it is only the homosexual orientation that has anything to do with sexuality.

We know this because Michelle and Bob Duggar can parade themselves and their 19 (and counting!) proofs of coitus on national television and that's fine and dandy, but if a lesbian quietly notes to a co-worker that she has a partner she's the one who's Flaunting Her Sex Life In Everyone's Faces and Shoving Her Sexuality Down Everyone's Throats.

So yeah. That's the double-standard of hetero privilege right there.

Helpful Anti-Bigotry Hint: Ignoring reality doesn't make it go away.

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