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um. it's hot.

if it's 92F in my neighborhood and 73F on the top of twin peaks, is it worth the possible heat stroke to climb up there and enjoy the breeze?

no I don't think so either. in fact I have to put on pants and go up to walgreens in a minute. I just need to choose whatever shirt I don't mind having soaking wet by the time I return. I don't really do shorts. every now and again I try but the blinding white legs just do not look good sticking out from the bottom of a pair of short pants.

and looking good is always preferable to feeling good.

part of my reading today (for the class I'm the paper-grader for) was the Bowers v Hardwick Supreme Court Decision of 1986. for those unclear on their queer history, this was the one regarding GA sodomy laws where the boneheaded majority decided that "homosexuals do not enjoy a constitutional right to commit sodomy in the privacy of their own homes" whereas the dissenting minority wrote two separate opinions that kicked the actual decision's ass from here to texas.

google it sometime. it's public record.


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Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
you know, i grew up in the homophobic '50s and all, hearing stupid preaching and social commentary, but to this day i can't figure out why anyone feels threatened by gay people having sex. the hysteria of it is so obviously psychologically suspect, how can it have held sway for so long (and continue to in so many places)? oh well.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
if I had to give a simple answer I would say it is male fear of being a sex object that fuels most of it. men know what their sex drives are like, and you have to be pretty sure of yourself to be on the receiving end of anything like that. unfortunately, most men are anything but sure of themselves.

it would also explain why female homosexuality never draws the rhetoric. it's usually something like 'oh and women too.' women themselves tend not to worry so much about being objects of female desire--they're used to the male sex drive after all! and men think lesbian sex is hot but they forget that most of the time their desire has no impact on the equation. I think in their fantasies women do it solely for the male observer.

I could go on but yeah I don't really understand why the establishment can't get over its fear of gay sex. it's just sex. if you want it you say yes. if you don't you say no. straight women understand this. I think they are the only ones.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
>I think in their fantasies women do it solely for the male observer.

oh yes, definitely. i've seen enough faux-lesbian porn to know it has nothing to do with the women's own desires. the fingernails! the pouffy hair! the phony noises! yecch.

i wonder about the cliché of how the worst homophobes are repressing feared emotions and desires. someone i know seems to me a bit like that, but that doesn't prove the cliché to be true. heh.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
I think to the degree that the worst homophobes are afraid of all sexual desire, they are especially afraid of homosexual desire. I'd guess that they are so repressed they can't even tell what kind of desire they are repressing.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'd try wearing some shorts!
I didn't start wearing shorts until I lived in Hilo. And let me tell you...there's a real difference in how cool/hot your are vs wearing long pants. Your legs will be pasty for your first couple of outings and then they will get a little color, so I wouldn't worry about that.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: I'd try wearing some shorts!
next time I have to go out at 4pm in record-breaking heat I will dig out the shorts. there is some wisdom though in simply staying at home in your underwear in front of the fan.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
Is there a manly version of cropped pants? I don't wear shorts either, but cropped pants, with just a few inches of ventilation around your ankle, seem a lot cooler than long pants.

Just yesterday I was rereading the "The Gay Daddy" chapter of Leo Bersani's book Homos. I remember a phrase like "in this country where a lack of sexual imagination passes for moral purity..."
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
that's a great quote. you know I've met both Leo and Ulysse while at Berkeley. they are both very very nice.

I'm not sure it's a lack of sexual imagination so much as a suffering at the hands of an overactive sexual imagination or the return of an overly-repressed one. it's always the morally righteous who rely on vivid description to make their point.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
About a year ago, I got some capris which meant I exposed my legs for the first time in years. I was waiting at the bus stop one day while wearing them, and this woman looked at me, looked at my legs, looked at me again and pointed to my legs and exclaimed, "Muy blanquita!" (So white!) I just nodded and said, "yo se, yo se".
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
haha! I have to remember that phrase for this neighborhood. most of the latino men, interestingly, do not wear shorts in the heat. I don't know why.
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