In a galaxy far, far away......


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Do you know what appeals to me about science fiction?
The size of the discrimination. You won't find humans bothered about issues like colour or sexual preference. Oh no, humans are too busy fighting off the invasion of an alien race bent on destroying them. Here, entire worlds are wiped out in the pursuit of galactic domination. Now that, I can respect. I don't like your entire species, so I shall destroy you. Or perhaps you stand in the way of my inter-galactic hyperspace freeway. Or something nifty like that. Prejudice on a scale we can't even measure.
In these futures, body modification has reached the point where we can change our skin colour at the flip of a switch, nothing more than a fashion accessory. And when one can fuck an android or have your deepest sexual perversion fulfilled in a way that would make even Howard Stern blush, somehow homosexuality seems as normal and non-threatening as tea and scones.
Yet in the year 2006, as South Africa stands on the verge of becoming only the 5th country in the world to legalise gay marriage, the issue remains as divisive as it was 50 years ago. When the leader of a political party can make a speech in parliament with the words "an abomination so terrible that only four countries in the world allow it", something is seriously wrong. Then you get those groups who try to dress the issue up in the garish clothes of a scapegoat. No, we're not against gay marriage, but the way in which the bill has been passed is undemocratic, because, like, 80% of the country is against it. Well, that's the problem with democracy. You can't always leave it up to the people, because the people are fucking idiots. But anyway, if you're going to oppose the bill, then at least be honest enough to admit your reasons for it. Don't hide behind some ridiculously pedantic argument about legislature and politics. The bill has been passed legally, through the proper channels, and when you've denied a minority group the same rights as everyone else for decades, I think you can make a few allowances here and there.
But let's look at the opposing view points shall we?
Homosexuality is evil in the eyes of God. Strange, that the Bible the Torah the Quran all spend a great deal more time on the evils of worshiping other gods and delving in other religions then they do about homosexuality, yet religious tolerance is like a demilitarised zone at the moment. Persecute based on sexuality, but don't dare exclude one or other religious group. I don't see Christians denouncing Muslims in any other forum then Sunday morning church, and vice versa. Let's deny the Jews the right to procreate, because then you're just making more little non-believers in whichever religion you believe is the true one. We all tread on eggshells around the issue of religious sensitivity, lest we piss off the wrong group of people. But hey! Gays seem like an easy target, let's go after them.
But what about the sanctity of marriage? That's the other argument being tossed around at the moment. That 'these people' are defiling the sanctity of marriage. Please, give me a break. Us 'heteros' were entrusted with arguably the most powerful statement of commitment between two people, and we've done a fine job of keeping it pure and unsullied. No spousal abuse here, no infidelity, no divorce, none of that here. Nope.
But the definition of marriage speaks of a man and a woman, as does the bible. These freaks of nature are even trying to redefine our language!!! The outrage!!! Well, let's see. "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh." Don't see anything about the bouquet in there. Let's see...hmmm...nothing about rings, or garters, or brides maids, or cheesy reception disco music. Don't even see the word 'marriage'. So am I not married if I don't speak the vows, or wear a ring? And if we want to discuss definitions, let's talk about the definition of the word 'love'. Seems like that may be a better place to start from then 'marriage'.
love[luhv] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, loved, lov‧ing.
–noun
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.
4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5. (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
6. a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
7. sexual intercourse; copulation.
8. (initial capital letter) a personification of sexual affection, as Eros or Cupid.
9. affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor.
10. strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
11. the object or thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
12. the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
13. Chiefly Tennis. a score of zero; nothing.
14. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L.
–verb (used with object)
15. to have love or affection for: All her pupils love her.
16. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
17. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music.
18. to need or require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight.
19. to embrace and kiss (someone), as a lover.
Interesting. I don't seem to see anything about 'a man and a woman'....let me check again. Nope. And for that matter, I don't see the word 'love' in the definition of marriage either. I won't state the fairly obvious deduction........
Please, someone, explain to me slowly, in small words so that I can understand, why it is so important that two men or two woman should not be allowed to marry in the law of their country, and go on to continue whatever role it was they fulfilled in society prior. Is it maybe a sign of the apocalypse? Will it empower gays and lesbians to suddenly control all aspects of our country and become rulers of the world?
And the biggest joke of all, is that this controversial bill, this evil, this whatever you want to call it, it STILL doesn't recognise gay marriage in the same way that a heterosexual marriage is accorded status within the constitution. Even after they emerge bloody and bruised from this battle victorious, equality is still many battles away.
I suppose they only have themselves to blame. If two lesbian supermodels had been championing the cause, I bet the outcry would've been far quieter.
Maybe not.


8 Responses to “In a galaxy far, far away......”

  1. Anonymous Fence 

    "that's the problem with democracy. You can't always leave it up to the people, because the people are fucking idiots"

    Totally agree, makes me think that maybe a dictatorship isn't really such a bad idea, only problem is that whole power corrupting malarky.

    I never understood the whole "like people of the same sex => they are evil" argument. It just boggles the mind (if you could see my mind it'd be boggling and bobbling all over the shop when I try to understand that argument), and as for opposing it?! What possible difference does it make to anyone who someone that is not them marries, whether that someone is a man or a woman?

  2. Anonymous forgottenmachine 

    Bet yours doesn't boggle as much as mine does.......

    (now there's an innuendo if I've ever heard one)

    Best be careful, someone might discover that our boggles have been boggling together.....

  3. Anonymous kyknoord 

    Putting aside the relative terrors of tea and scones for a moment, I don't see any need for anyone to get their knickers (or manly boxers, for that matter) in a twist over the issue. If you are against gay marriage, then just make sure you don't marry a gay person.

  4. Anonymous forgottenmachine 

    Thanks KN, I was hoping that you'd say it in a far more concise and precise way then I ever could. On the money, as per usual.

    And yeah, I have always found scones a little terrifying......

  5. Anonymous LiVEwiRe 

    I can't say I have much faith in anything, including marriage. Yeah, yeah, it can work, I've just not seen many positive examples. Put anything in the hands of humans and they can make it great, or completely fuck it up. Gay, straight, undecided - it matters not. But I do like cheesy disco music and certain sci fi sexual perversions for what it's worth. =)

  6. Anonymous LiVEwiRe 

    Hmm. It kicked me out when I tried to comment a minute ago. Your subtle way of telling me you don't approve of my views on cheesy disco music and certain sci fi sexual perversions? Because I like both, you know.

    Anyway, as I tried to say earlier, I've had very few positive examples of marriage (ok, almost none; uh, almost one?) and have little faith in it but it seems to work for some and so good for them. Really. But if you put anything in the hands of humans, it can morph into something beautiful or something really fucked up. Straight, gay, undecided - it matters not. I like KN's logic on this.

  7. Anonymous Patrick Hillman 

    After reading your blog, I’m actually embarrassed at how little I know about your part of the world (with the exception of familiarity with Nelson Mandela and Charlize Theron, of course). Besides that, I’d guess that few Americans know very much (relatively speaking) about Africa in general (with the additional exception of ancient Egyptian culture, which is taught in schools presumably worldwide).

    We self-centered Americans probably don’t realize that there are “modern” countries facing many of the exact same social issues as we face on a daily basis. Ask an average American what Africa is like, and I’d bet you’d receive one of the following responses: (1) deep jungles and a giant wilderness with lions, hyenas, and elephants, (2) an enormous third-world conglomeration of small instable governments funded by diamonds, brimming with a dangerous element that you’re better off staying away from (unless, possibly, you’re an arms dealer); (3) an incomprehensibly large, fertile continent where everyone, ironically, is starving to death; (4) a country rampant with many of the scariest diseases known to man – not just AIDS, but things like typhoid, cholera, and ebola; and (5) if you ask a particular kind of redneck, you’ll inevitably hear that Africa is where (gasp!) all the black people live.

    Would I have ever imagined South Africa to be a hotbed for the gay marriage debate? Probably not. Actually, I didn’t believe that issue was so contentious in non-theocracies. (And, I’m being kind of tongue-in-cheek regarding America here, as one of my greatest annoyances has to do with the “religious right” taking over.) In short, I’m an extremely secular person, and very much in favor of personal freedoms. The fact that this is even still an issue is embarrassing and illustrates just how far the world is from being a civilized, enlightened place.

    Well, I had additional thoughts, but my boss just walked in and glanced at my screen – not a great thing. So, I’ve lost my train of thought. Hopefully, that’s not all too rambling, though.

  8. Anonymous Carl V. 

    Sorry...can't offer anything serious today...mostly because I was crushed to find out that cheesy reception disco music isn't part of the Bible's definition of marriage. Who knew I was so deceived.

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