"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines
We would like to know who really believes in gay rights on LiveJournal. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you truly believe in gay rights, then repost this and title the post as "Gay Rights". If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this. Thanks.
Please don't assume that because I reposted this I believe in "gay rights" as indicated by the originators of this meme. They are unknown, the term they use is far too nebulous and their tone is far too self-congratulatory (and if I was going to nail my rainbow colours to the mast I would choose something better than a crummy meme to do it and probably opt for a a rant like this one instead).
The meme's reference to 'we as a culture' does not represent me or my culture in any way. I don't live in the land of the freedom fry. I'm English and I live in London. I am a citizen of a country where, even though guncrime is becoming a significant inner city problem, the majority of police remain unarmed. We as a culture do not feel comfortable seeing men holding guns. In fact I'd say that the majority of people in this culture would be significantly less discomfited by men holding hands than men holding guns (and much less likely to run away or shit themselves in terror).
Ernest Gaines's words are of course superficially moving and very simple. Thus they are perfect for that kind of meme. The clumsily expressed assertion that if you fail to perpetuate the meme you clearly don't believe in (completely unquantified) gay rights - and are thus are a nasty, uncaring bigot - appeals to the stupidest kind of blogger. This meme is the political equivalent of a *hug* - something you can stick on your lj in 30 seconds of your (or more likely your employer's) time so that feel good about yourself and demonstrate what a nice, liberal person you are without any form of mental or other exertion. It is crass and trite. Yet, as easterbunny points out in her post:
Given that the p0w3r of the int0rw3b managed to skew the results of that stupid Religious Right Coalition poll on gay marriage a few years ago, I'm happy to repost this for whatever good it might do..
This is a very good point. But I am deeply resistant to the idea that I have to go along with this facile, well-intentioned nonsense because ignorant, credulous bigots use the same means to warp statistics so that their witchburning mindset is presented as the majority view. The meme certainly assumes that everyone is as stupid as the religious right or at least that they can be bribed by miracles. I remember a couple of years ago the Home Office published some statistics on crime which demonstrated that homosexuals are amongst the most law-abiding citizens and (I think) the least likely to be the perpetrators of violent crime. So, with that in mind, let's not just duplicate pompous little memes, let's start a campaign with some real meaning so that it actively helps homosexuals to free themselves from arbitrary prejudice, tedious stereotyping and the terror of physical assault. Let those of us who are more concerned with how people think than how they fuck petition our MPs. Let us demand that guns that are removed from the hands of gangsters and criminals are given to law-abiding homosexuals. That way lesbians and gay could really defend themselves from the assaults of psychotic queerbashers and militant godbothers. Gays would be able to walk even the seedier streets of our cities free from (unsolicited) molestation; free from both hatecrime and the fear of hatecrime. There would be other longterm benefits for our culture if this policy was instituted. Give a queer a patronisingly supportive meme and you give him a temporary warm glow. Give him a gun of his own and he can blast away a few witless bigots - to the permanent benefit of the gene pool.
If you think this is a good idea you could always post it in your own journal. If nothing else it might help scare a few of the blandwagon pole-vaulters and serial huggers off your f-list.