Letters received by Ellen Goodman (1993), in response to President Clinton’s efforts to end discrimination against gays in the military, suggest men are frightened by the kinds of violence to which they themselves subject women on a daily basis. Approximately nine out of ten letters received by Goodman were written by men. The male writers sounded panicstricken that they would have to take showers and sleep in barracks with homosexual men (as though military men haven’t always done this). Very clearly, the men didn’t want other men looking at them the way they – men – look at women! Nor did they want other men treating them the way they treat women. Goodman notes, “The fascinating thing to this – female – reader was that nearly all the letter writers shared the same perspective: that of straight men worrying about being victims of sexual assault, harassment, lusting, or just plain ogling. This garden variety of homophobia – fear of homosexuals – was fear of becoming the object of unwanted sexual attention.
Dee Graham, Edna Rawlings & Roberta Rigsby. Loving to Survive: sexual terror, men’s violence, and women’s lives. NYU Press. July 1 1994. (p. 16)
THE BIBLE SAID ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND LEAVE
school would be so much better if you went to your classes via lazy river
Hillary Clinton pant-suit rainbow
Joseph Mallord William Turner, “The painter of light” (1775-1851)
Don’t they know that love won’t lie?
it’s about time someone in the public eye said this
My mom said if this gets 25,000 notes she’ll let me