Monday, May 31, 2010

is the vatican secretly pro-gay?

today's New York Times has an article about the Catholic church and the Vatican's clever decision to solve sex abuse issues by keeping gay men from becoming priests. all applicants to the seminary must now undergo a grilling set of questions involving not only their sex lives but what and who they fantasize about and even what they they about when they masturbating, which is interesting because masturbation itself is considered sinful by the Church--'the sin of self abuse.' but anyway i guess when you're asked who you think about while abusing yourself, you're okay if you say miss america but not if you say johnny weir.

most progressives, including myself, originally thought this idea of keeping (celibate) gay men out of the (celibate) priesthood was pretty awful. but then it occurred to me---there's nothing conservative about this! it's the most brilliant pro-gay gambit i've ever seen.

see, according to the general stats, only about 10% of men are gay. [10% of women too, but since lesbians are already kept from the priesthood by virtue of their unfortunate gender condition, they're irrelevant to this discussion.] so anyway, the problem for the gay movement is that there aren't enough gays to fight against the hegemony of the 90% of hets. now, with so few gays out there to ...well, be gay, the last thing the movement needs is to have any of its number living in monastaries and being celebate. what they need is for every man who has ever fantasized about another man while abusing himself to be out there in the world, being OUT, there in the world. so the poor rejected would-be seminarian who has the mistaken notion that God loves him too must then remain in the general culture, adding his presence to the gay community.

this leads me to wonder if we are also taking the wrong tack on 'don't ask don't tell.' sure, it's oppressive and unfair and disgusting. further, it puts our country is great danger: i heard the other day that gay soldiers having been sneaking up on sleeping straight soldiers and performing fellatio on them. this is useful to know, because it shows us that straight soldiers are taking way too many sleeping pills or have very serious sleep disorders, and thus are totally unprepared to fend off an enemy attack in the middle of the night. so to be patriotic, i really should suggest that we drop all current and past military regulations regarding sexuality, and permit only gay men to be soldiers, or at least we should do studies on whether even gay men sleep through fellatio.

but i digress. the real problem with gays in the military is twofold. one, they're being too busy in the military not asking and not telling to be openly advocating gay rights in the larger community. and further, people in the army die. that's what armies are for: you go out where people are trying to kill you and if you don't kill them first, you die. that also contributes to the lessening of the numbers of gay men (and, in this case, lesbians as well])who aren't out there marching in gay pride demonstrations.

so let them close forever those saintly and soldiery closet doors! keep those gay men and lesbians where they belong--out on the streets flaunting their lavender shirts and their ordinary humanity. can it be that deep down, this is what rush limbough is really dreaming of?

1 comment:

Ken G. said...

Hilarious post, and I couldn't agree more. We need every available person - gay, straight, or otherwise - out and making noise at each and every pride parade and festival.

First of all, they're a lot of fun. But mostly, it just annoys and confuses the right to no end to see straight couples laughing and dancing with their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

But let's get back to the original premise here... They're going to ban anybody who fantasizes about men (of age or not) from the priesthood, but not those who masturbate while dreaming of women (of age or not)?

So, in addition to having a secret pro-gay agenda of wanting all gay men out on the streets, the Church is also secretly trying to scare all women away from talking to their priest too?