Saturday, July 27, 2013

Compulsory Homosexuality

John Derbyshire sees it being rammed down our throats in 10 to 20 years in his latest Radio Derb podcast — Dysfunctional Communities. The Derb's suggested reading — “The Crooked Man” by Charles Beaumont. An introductory blurb:
    In 1955 Playboy published a short story about a straight man in a society where heterosexuality is stigmatized. It was a really bold move at the time and High Hefner responded to reader criticism of the story with “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.”
However, that is not how at all how the story reads. Described is not "a society where heterosexuality is stigmatized," but one in which it is illegal. Tolle, lege.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


The dystopian detail I find most interesting in Charles Beaumont's short story is the loss of privacy after personal living spaces became illegal and people were forced to live in sex-segregated dormitories. It makes some sense: if a society relies on artificial insemination to keep its numbers up, then there are no families and no need for separate living units.

Although The Crooked Man has been framed in the context of sexual politics, I think we can also read it in the light of Catholic teaching. It depicts a world in which sex and procreation have been totally divorced from each other. And the reason is not merely because sex between a man and a woman is considered disgusting. That is just the conditioning in the service of the real reason, which is control. For there's something so radical about the nuclear family that no "perfectly" engineered society can ever stand against it.

July 28, 2013 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

So why, then, are the monks of Mount Athos being subjected to compulsory heterosexuality?

July 30, 2013 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Enbrethiliel, I enjoyed your lit crit. What I love about postmodernism is that you can take something from Playboy and can, as you say, "read it in the light of Catholic teaching."

Steve, the monks choose this of their own accord, it is not forced on them by the State. Nor is it forced on them by the Church; they choose it: a good example of Hannah Arendt's distinction between Power and Authority. The State has Power; the Church Authority.

July 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Steve, just realized I misread "homo" for "hetero." But again, it's State Power vs. Church Authority. As Stalin militarily quipped, "How many divisions does the Pope have?" But who did more to bring down his empire than anyone else? Pope Wojtyła.

July 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM  

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