GOP: Tell Kids That Porn Makes Them Gay


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Don't look. It will make you gay.

In one of the most unfounded, unsupported lines of reasoning run amok, Mike Schwartz, chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), speaking at a breakout session of the GOP “Values Voters” Summit, dropped a bombshell:  Porn Makes You Gay.  And he’s not talking about GAY Porn, he’s talking all porn. This simple assertion forms the basis of a concept aimed at young men.  If he included young women, it’s beyond this excerpt.

Now, the clip’s kinda hard to hear at times, so crank the volume to experience the full force of an unabashed ultra right-wing tool stating as apparent fact an aspect of boyhood heretofore never broached publicly…Yet it’s simple enough on its face that to some it may seem self-evident.

Take a basically smart USDA Prime total ass-hole, remove all reason, baste it in fear, marinated it long and lovingly in absent or bad data, dust it with non-existing proof and deep-fry it to a golden-brown  (but not TOO brown!).  Here’s what you’ll get:

Schwartz had a friend who, once “participated in the gay lifestyle.”  According to Schwartz, after his friend experienced a “religious conversion” and opened a hospice administering to over 300 AIDS patients on their long journey home.  Although through his conversion he had become strong enough through faith to avoid the sin of homosexuality, he fell short when it came to his ability to marry.  They talked long and hard about this aspect of his friends recovery.

One of the lessons learned from his friend is one Schwartz shared with complete, perhaps even inspired candor.  It goes like this: “all pornography is homosexual, because all pornography turns (your) sexual drive inward.  It’s a belief Schwartz fully embraces.

In Schwartz’s world, you see, adolescent males are so uber-sensitive about their sexuality, one of their biggest fears–perhaps their overarching fear–is that their peers may assume them to be gay.  Since adolescence is a cauldron of exploration, definition, self-doubt, peer pressure and validation, a cloudy identity is a given.  But here’s where, for me, this schlump’s logic jumps the rails. Never having the benefit of interviewing Mr. Schwartz about this, much of what follows is my interpretation, based on his premise.

He deduces that it’s at this moment–at 11 0r so, before any real sex occurs and when curiosity is king that a “strong hand,” if you will, is needed. Porn as prophylaxis, applied when the child is most impressionable, will as it always does, “turn the sex drive inward.” The response  to natural impulses and subsequent masturbatory guilt it can create, if labeled “gay” (an outright lie) by authority figures at that moment is key.  Since being gay at this age is considered such a pariah among this group, all God’s children, conditioned (lied to in order to turn shame and guilt to fear ans self-loathing) in this manner can, if you will,  “be scared straight.”

Rather than prohibit pornography (Schwartz mentions “Playboy,”) simply reinforce with youngsters that it all porn makes you gay.  To avoid shame, they’ll deny what many (including behavioral experts)  consider a perfectly normal heterosexual response to eroticism.  Once vanquished, perhaps they can take up hunting, sport fishing or conservative political activism.

Implicit in this reasoning, of course, is the tenet that sexuality has nothing to do with genetic predisposition.  Schwartz vanquishes this as baseless contention.  no, instead, homosexuality is “inflicted”…like a vicious wound.  Among heterosexuals, Schwartz completely ignores the fact that while males seem more prone, women too, respond to it.  Among men, he suggests, the affect–turning sex drive inward–is equally damaging. One may not have anything left for his spouse after spending several hours with “Girls Gone Wild”.  I’m in no position to comment on this. I’ve no data.

Even so, I’d like to see research (beyond anecdotal) over a sustained period with a controlled sample group to substantiate his premise.  On second thought, I don’t.  The very thought of potentially legitimizing another right-wing blowhole is ludicrous. What will they come up with next?

My anecdotal observations do oppose Schwartz’s.  Among those I’ve witnessed embrace such behavior, to a man, none is gay.  Even among guys I know who participated in adolescent, eroticism-inspired, campfire “circle jerks” all turned out straight. Now that’s some admittedly bizarre small group behavior.  But if porn turns one gay, how could this be?  That is, if a young man is excited by erotic images of women, whether he responds to nature’s call to action or not,  stimulation response evoked by such material deemed by many to be prurient contradicts any notion that viewing porn makes one gay.

Say what you want, Mr. Schwantz but if anyone feels a central stirring in what the church lady calls his or her “naughty parts” at the seductive display of human anatomy in erotic situations and if such sensations are pleasurable to them, no manner of lying will quell those automatic responses.  A cold shower, perhaps, but not lies. This is patently absurd.

His friend seems an inspirational human being, but we all have our faults.  Could this theory, perhaps born of his self-loathing brought on by failure to compensate  for his perceived sexual abnormalities be the product of something other than sound behavioral science?  Now there’s a “Fox News” question for you.

I talk about being Catholic.  One aspect of Catholicism I find somewhat therapeutic is that we Catholics can confess and receive forgiveness for their sins.  Penance can provide a relief valve for guilt, ideally salvaging self-esteem. Who knows?  It does, however seem more positive than trickery and manipulation.

You prefer to deny and lie, be my guest but excuse me if I find no reason or benefit in it. What I can say with a degree of certainty about the concepts you endorse here, Mr. Schwartz is that they appear essentially flawed.  And I’m being polite.

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2 Responses to GOP: Tell Kids That Porn Makes Them Gay

  1. MG says:

    What!? Is that the dumbest f’n thing that has been proffered by a right wing fanatic?! Porn doesn’t change your sexual preference, in my opinion-that’s determined by something else-perhaps when you’re born.
    This is just silly. I would be a extremely gay if that were the case! Just kidding! These people! I agree-the hiding it under the rug thing doesn’t work and I think makes things worse in a lot of cases with young people-better to be honest, upfront and candid about these things.

  2. Paul Sonderman says:

    As wacky as it gets over in Rightyville, as twisted as the logic becomes, they still surprise.

    I went out last night, saw some porn and damn if I didn’t come home gay. I may gave to one of those gay reversal boot camps, because I still love my wife. Damn that porn!

    One simply doesn’t catch “gay.” These guys are totally wack!

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