Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Homosexual in America circa 1965

I ran across this interesting essay about homosexuality, published in TIME magazine in 1965. Some of its insights are, well, jaw-dropping. Jaw-dropping both because of the backward ideas held in that time not so long ago, but also because there is a certain "tea party" minority I can see nodding along to the essay's conclusions even today.

It closes with this tidy, little summary:

"It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life. As such it deserves fairness, compassion, understanding and, when possible, treatment. But it deserves no encouragement, no glamorization, no rationalization, no fake status as minority martyrdom, no sophistry about simple differences in taste—and, above all, no pretense that it is anything but a pernicious sickness."

Read the full essay.

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  1. Yeah, I can certainly see a tea partier nodding sagely as they read this. I'm disgusted by all the hate that's out roiling out there in putrid waves.

  2. The author just contradicted himself several times in his closing. What a waste of paper.

    I am sad to agree that there is still so much hatred out there. But things are changing. There are those of us who are raising our kids to love people for who they are and be tolerant of those who are different from them.