June 20th, 2005
|jimbojones||02:48 pm - civil liberties, communication, gay marriage|
I saw a bumper sticker today that made me intensely angry. Yes, a bumper sticker.
I saw this and I thought, what the fuck? I knew in theory that these people obviously existed - and in massive numbers - but I'm actually seeing two of them right now, proudly proclaiming their bigotry and intolerance for the world to see as they drive slowly, erratically, and incompetently through about one and a half lanes ahead of me. And what they are determined enough to special order, so that they can display their sentiment to the world, is that marriage is BATHROOM ICONS.
Part of me wanted to pull them over and ask what the hell they were thinking - did they really think that a same-gender marriage in which the partners loved, cared for, trusted, and were committed to each other "desanctified the institution of marriage" more than a male-female marriage in which the partners marry for show, lie to one another, and abandon or ignore their commitment to each other? If not, shouldn't they have a bumper sticker saying "marriage = love, trust, and commitment" and let the rest sort itself out? Or were they afraid that their taxes or their insurance might go up if gay people got the (somewhat dubious) benefit of married status? Or perhaps they think that, despite thousands of years of history that say otherwise, if they stop hating gay people then suddenly half the population will "turn gay" and there won't be enough children in the next generation?
Another part of me just wanted to find the car parked somewhere, and sneak up ninja style and tape thoroughly pornographic photos of a throbbingly erect penis and an aroused vagina over their nice, clean, dainty little bathroom stick figure icons. Because, really, that's what they're saying. Might as well be honest about it, right? Marriage = cock + pussy. Organic tinkertoys. Tab A and Slot B.
The majority of me, of course, ruled for me doing nothing of either sort and settling instead for shooting them a withering glare as I passed them, and coming home to write an article about it on the internet. Which they will never see. And I wonder... do these people go through the vast majority of their own lives knowing abstractly that people out there don't "hate the gays", but blindly assuming that those people aren't anyone they interact with on a daily basis? Probably... but what do you do? In an era of unlimited telephony, broadband internet access, 24/7 television and radio broadcasting, email, search engines, and more... how can we still at the heart of it be a society with so little honest communication?
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: Tool - Prison Sex
| ||From: clme|
Date: June 20th, 2005 - 05:25 pm
Remember the following information boys and girls, it could save hours of argument with your small-minded acquaintances and relatives.
Shotgun weddings: OK, but they have to go to church.
Marriage for money: OK.
Marriage for sex: OK if you go to church now and then.
Marriage to someone much older than you: Acceptable, but not ideal.
Arranged Marriages: Not only OK, but great subjects for moral musicals and movies that people get the wrong messages from.
Inter-Racial marriage: Depends on the race, and how much the shades of their skin clash.
Same-Sex Marriage: Somehow this will destroy life as we know it.
Inter-Species Marriage: According to the pundits and many republican congressmen, this is the next 'logical' step after same-sex marriage.
Common-law Marriage: Ok if you're platonic, you sinners.
Cheating on your spouse during marriage: Forgivable for the man, but not the women. He's under a lot of pressure, after all.
Divorce: This is completely unforgivable in the eyes of God and anyone with children. But everybody does it, just like masturbation. Just dont talk about it and get yourself remarried as soon as you can.
Wearing White at your second Wedding: If you fooled them the first time, go for it.
Always lie to people that ask if you're getting married for silly reasons like 'love' or 'because you want to spend the rest of your life with a person and this seemed like the perfect contract to show your intentions'. As far as all parents and other married people are concerned, marriage is to make babies.