Sex and Duck Dynasty: the liberal double standard

Let’s talk about sex.

That is to say, let’s really talk about sex. Let’s be completely honest about it. The “Duck Dynasty” freak out calls for no less. Further, let’s once and for all abolish the double standard that, before Phil Robertson, allowed the libertine left to speak freely, but not the conservative right (and this includes conservative publications and websites).

I have two observations about homosexuality. The first I am always allowed to express. The second, never.

The first observation: Homosexuality has been around forever, and always will be around. A reasonable person can conclude that gays are born that way. As such, they should be treated with respect and given the same rights as other couples. Arguing that it can or should be cured is delusional, and harmful.

Observation the second: as Mr. Robertson put it, an anus is not a vagina. One was designed to allow something to go inside it, the other was not. This medical fact leads one to conclude that that the bodies of men and women are different from each other. Thus, marriage is about the complimentarity, both emotional and phsyical, between male and female.

Observation number one is allowed and celebrated. Observation two is banned. We now live in a fantasyland where we can no longer make the observation that a man’s body is different from a woman’s. This is how insane we’ve become. For the past decade and more we’ve had a debate about homosexuality and gay marriage, and in that entire time we have been prevented from speaking freely about the genuine hard wired differences between male and female. Gay marriage advocates like Dan Savage write acres of copy gleefully celebrating all kinds of unusual sexual practices. But the rest of society is prevented from making an observation about basic human plumbing. And then Duck Dynasty dared.

You could be a gay marriage advocate. You could be the world’s greatest libertine. But if you tried to say that men and women are different, and perhaps even complimentary, you would be censored — including by the conservative media.

We keep being told by the left that we need to have an honest conversation about sex. In the next breath we’re told we can’t. Because to them, a conversation is but the first step to coercion, and coercion entails denying what is in front of your nose.

When it comes the the realities of sex, America for the last few decades has been in fantasyland, a term that I use because it was once used by the great philosopher Josef Pieper in his small book Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power. Pieper argued that for propaganda to work, it’s perpetrators and recipients need to enter a psychological, linguistic and spiritual “fantasyland.” They need to enter a world where uncomfortable words and concepts have fluid meaning, or are even considered taboo. In short, the connection between language and reality is severed. This is a totalitarian practice, and it has infected the United States and the rest of the West. Not for nothing did Camille Paglia call the reaction to Duck Dynasty “utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist.”