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April 2011
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"Why Churches Fear Gay Marriage"

Thanks to fizzbang for tweeting this interview with Richard Rodriguez. He is a gay man, a strong catholic, and a latino in San Francisco; so his views on gay marriage, prop 8, the church's viewpoint and how it all relates to feminism is very insightful. I highly recommend reading this. But I'll excerpt these two paragraphs as a tantalizing tidbit:

Monotheistic religions feel threatened by the rise of feminism and the insistence, in many communities, that women take a bigger role in the church. At the same time that women are claiming more responsibility for their religious life, they are also moving out of traditional roles as wife and mother. This is why abortion is so threatening to many religious people -- it represents some rejection of the traditional role of mother.

In such a world, we need to identify the relationship between feminism and homosexuality. These movements began, in some sense, to achieve visibility alongside one another. I know a lot of black churches take offense when gay activists say that the gay movement is somehow analogous to the black civil rights movement. And while there is some relationship between the persecution of gays and the anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, I think the true analogy is to the women's movement. What we represent as gays in America is an alternative to the traditional male-structured society. The possibility that we can form ourselves sexually -- even form our sense of what a sex is -- sets us apart from the traditional roles we were given by our fathers.

Comments

You are assuming there is only one "right" answer. I don't actually believe that, I believe that there are many facets to the issue with many viewpoints. And as is the nature of anecdotal insights, they aren't really "right" or "wrong", just insightful.

My thoughts are similar to his. I've gained more insight into the role of heterosexuality in our culture from feminist thinkers than I've ever gotten from civil rights leaders.

A lot of high-level, very abstract, theoretical literature in the gay movement has always drawn on feminism. The problem is that gay men are very defensive of their masculinity, and the issue of male effeminacy is still largely unresolved with in the gay movement itself. Until it's okay for a male to be profoundly feminine, the connection between feminism and the gay rights movement will almost always be the exclusive realm of theorists and cultural critics, rather than popular discourse.

Have you seen "Breakfast with Scot"? It explores gender roles, even among gays, wrapped in the form of a sitcom. I really liked it.

I haven't heard of it. Is it a movie?

It is, from Canadian cinema, so gettable from amazon.ca.