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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Gay American Novel

posted by on December 12 at 12:30 PM


California passed a law that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans students from discrimination—and straight students too, since these laws protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation, period, they don’t provide queer students with special rights or a force field to call their own. The American Taliban is crapping itself about this law and since they can’t argue for discrimination against queer students they’re screaming and yelling about the law’s terrifying implicit mandates.

The potential effects of the new law could be staggering.

“If the children read a novel, for example, like Gone with the Wind where you have a heterosexual romance, then they also have to, based on this language, read a homosexual novel,” Dacus said.

The law wouldn’t require that, of course, but that’s not going to stop the American Taliban from claiming it does. When it comes to gays and lesbians, the commandment against false witness doesn’t apply. But rest assured, Mr. Dacus, your kids won’t be required to read a gay novel after they’ve read Gone With the Wind. Because a gayer novel hasn’t been written. Any student that reads Gone with the Wind has met both his slavery apologia novel and gay novel requirements.

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The fact that the only novel that "Brad Dacus, a lobbyist in Sacramento for the pro-family Pacific Justice Institute" can think of right off the top of his head is Gone With the Wind says something all by itself.

Posted by flamingbanjo | December 12, 2007 12:59 PM

My books are all indiscriminate whores, and will fuck anything that slides in next to them.

My favorite juxtaposition ever was when, during a private tour of the stacks of Houghton Library, the rare book library at Harvard, I got to see a privately-printed edition of W.H. Auden's scandalous pornographic and pedophilic poem "The Platonic Blow" shelved next to a first edition of Baden-Powell's The Boy Scout Manual. Your Mr. Dacus would have a coronary.

Posted by Fnarf | December 12, 2007 1:11 PM


Posted by annie | December 12, 2007 1:18 PM

And I would have kittens.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | December 12, 2007 1:20 PM

remember when they said that it was all activist judges that decided these things that it had to be decided by the it has to be decided by plebiscite...where do they go after that.

Posted by Jiberish | December 12, 2007 1:50 PM

@5, they go to a multi-denominational (Christian) oligarchy

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 1:53 PM

"Things that cannot reproduce or things that cannot provide that generational heritage are not a progressive value. Those are backwards values."....Things? WOW

Posted by Jiberish | December 12, 2007 1:55 PM

I think forcing children to read the majority of gay literature would be illegal under Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. Aside from Boy Meets Boy and Robert Rodi, most gay literature is exceedingly painful, and those two aren't literary gems, just very entertaining.

Posted by Gitai | December 12, 2007 2:08 PM

@8 So true. You have to find your gay gems hidden in "straight" settings for the good literature. Like Miss Scarlett herself...

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | December 12, 2007 2:39 PM

I think i am getting a raging clue

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 2:44 PM

Word! My friends and I quote "GWTW" more often than we quote "Mommie Dearest" !

Posted by bobbo | December 12, 2007 2:44 PM

Mr. Dacus would be shocked to learn that students already read "gay" novels in high school. *insert faux shocked face* Mary Renault was required reading in my High school English classes.

Posted by Phelix | December 12, 2007 2:50 PM

Why read novels. Non-fiction in this country is so much more titilating and scary.

Posted by Dave Coffman | December 12, 2007 2:51 PM

In what high school is Oscar Wilde not already required reading?

Posted by lymerae | December 12, 2007 4:04 PM

I hate Gone with the Wind and yet, I love smoking pole!


I just can't get over the whole 'but they owned slaves.' thing. I keep hoping someone decapitates Scarlet, mounts her head on a pike, and throws a great party in the name of freedom.

Posted by toasterhedgehog | December 12, 2007 10:42 PM

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