Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dulling the edges of liberation

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco writes:
In 1978 about 150 people marched through the West End [Vancouver, Canada] without many onlookers. Today, we have thousands marching... Now any straight man plays gay on TV or YouTube much in the opposite way that Rock Hudson played macho yesteryear. And so goes gay liberation: we have arrived; we have opened ourselves to others to replay our desires, bigger and better, without shame or infection.

I wonder what liberation would have looked like if HIV had not ravaged our North American 10 percent so viciously in the last decades. I think that has arrested us in an odd way while the straight majority has advanced nicely on the jolly experimentation to a pansexual and polyamorous society. READ MORE