Identity Politics Satiety [Dan Collins]
Matthew Parris in the London Times online:
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m coming out as a post-homosexualist. Forty years (tomorrow) after the 1967 law ending the absolute prohibition of homosexuality, 13 years after the reduction of the age of consent from 21 to 18, six years after the further reduction from 18 to 16, and two years after the arrival of civil partnerships, I have finally become bored with the whole damn thing. Bored, not with being gay, but with talking about it. I blame Tony Blair.
Do cats witter endlessly on about being cats? Do redheads drive us to distraction with their thoughts on being ginger? How many serious comment columns in the editorial pages of newspapers are devoted to the musings of straight men on what it is to be a heterosexual? No, they just get on with it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with being cats, redheads or straights. Such things are for the lifestyle sections of weekend magazines, not rubbing shoulders with the debate on global warming, housing or the terrorist threat.
Fellow-queers: stop moaning. How interesting is any of this to the rest of the world any more? Other groups out there have it worse than we do in Britain. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the political changes we asked for. Social change will take longer but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happening, steadily. Kidding ourselves that we inhabit some sort of a gulag is making it harder, not easier, for the next generation to relax about their sexuality. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remind them that in the whole history of mankind there has been no better, luckier, time or place to be gay than Britain in 2007.
Our main persecutors now are religions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Ã¢â‚¬Å“faith communityÃ¢â‚¬Â: Islam, Catholicism, Anglicanism, evangelicals, Judaism, Hinduism Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but most of our fellow Britons donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seriously subscribe to any of these superstitions, so why take it out on them? The brave thing now is to take the battle into the cathedrals, temples, synagogues and Rastafarian dives, not the opinion pages of The Guardian.
To the mosques, homosexualists! Post-homosexualists Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to the opera! *
*Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
(h/t paul ilc at Bloody Scott)Ã‚Â Hmmm.Ã‚Â I wonder whether this might have anything to do with Jeff’s observations regarding affirmative action.
Ã‚Â UPDATE: Wow!Ã‚Â This is really counterintuitive:
Previous studies have suggested that the psychological perks of marriage depend upon marriage quality–a happy marriage gives rise to a happy couple, and vice versa.