Look at this!
What is it?
It’s apparently a straight pride flag. And Amazon is selling them, and – prepare yourself for a shock – people of every sexual orientation are outraged about it.
About all I can say in the flag’s defence is that it doesn’t really take anything from LBGTs in and of itself. It’s not homophobic any more than Pepe the frog is white supremacist.
But … ehh, you see where I’m going with this, yeah?
Sure. Women getting more roles in movies and TV takes nothing away from men. Black history month takes nothing away from white people. And a straight pride flag takes nothing away from LBGT folks.
Except their oppressed minority position. Which, if it really did take it away, would be great. Only it doesn’t.
White history month, and a push to have more men in leading Hollywood roles, does take away from oppressed parties. It pushes a normalised and – yes – massively privileged group into the spotlight, and pushes the minority back out of it, safely into the shadows.
As such, I probably shouldn’t be sharing this. But … look at that flag. Part of me wanted it to be a joke. Look at how bland it is! Yay for the straights! Oh boy, a bowl of plain oatmeal for me!
I’m glad the last thing I bought on Amazon was a book about a gay bunny. That should be arriving sometime soon, too.
– Sent from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.
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As we’ve discussed, you know I’m not proud to be straight. It is what it is. Anyone who IS proud of that is not only an idiot, not only an asshole, but proud of something they can’t even take credit for.
I’m glad, because life is easier, that’s all.
Exactly. I mean, by the same token LBGT folks aren’t proud, as such, of their inborn identities – so much as the fact that they are living them against such adversity. It’s like (forgive me) an overcorrection of pride to balance the shame that society forces on them, to wind up at baseline normal like us hetero folks.
In my view, at least.
Right. I can see how “gay pride” confuses idiots. But this sort of overcorrection isn’t harmful because it doesn’t take opportunity or justice from others, so I don’t have any issues with it.
I view “gay pride” as more like a “we have nothing to be ashamed of” sort of pride. Not an “I’m better than you” sort. But that’s because I’m not a fucking cis-normal snowflake.
If you’d just told me that was a social justice something or other flag, I’d have assumed it was for racial equality, given the colours of the stripes. Are you sure it isn’t and it’s just been “borrowed” for this?
I’m not sure of anything anymore.