Hypocrisy: It Burns


While Benedict is no longer our pope, any bishop or cardinal, and apparently our newest pope, Francis, will likely have views similar to his. As such, any one of our current leaders could end up in memes such as the one posted below, which is why I post it here now.

Discostick

I found this on Facebook fairly recently, and it was posted by someone that calls herself a queer diversity and social justice activist.

Hmmm…

A queer activist using homophobic and transphobic language to make a political point?

A diversity activist attacking a minority religion, as well as the national religion of many cultures, including non-Western, non-white cultures like Mexico and the Philippines?

Sounds legit.

Does that even make sense? To be an advocate for sexual minorities, and then use their presentation as a weapon to smear their enemies? Does it make sense to insult a religion and culture that includes hundreds of thousands of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals? Because believe it or not, there ARE gays, bisexuals, and queers that are active in the Catholic Church and I doubt they see you as allies at this point.

Now let’s take a look at the next image, a favorite of many allegedly tolerant people when it comes to sexuality:

virgin shaming

Hypocrisy: It burns.

Yes, let’s us celebrate every form of (consentual, adult) sex imaginable and display our tolerant colors. Unless that person is a virgin by choice. Then they obviously as rabidly gay-hating, old fart religious fanatics and fair game for ridicule.

Supposedly educated, sensitive, intelligent adults should be able to discuss destructive stigmata against sexual minorities, discuss sexuality, discuss a political issue without resorting to juvenile (and prejudiced) cheap shots like this. The people who designed these images, and the people that repost them, could have made their point using humor, satire, or any number of ways without resorting to this. But alas, they did this. And these are the same people that are wagging their fingers at everyone else about tolerance.

Nope. Not buyin’ it.

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4 comments

  1. synna1 · March 30, 2013

    I don’t agree. The pope is the head of a homophobic, sexist cult that endorses the persecution of anyone outside its scope. I fully support calling attention to this fact. How is this homophobic or transphobic? I can see it plays on the stereotype of gay men, but othewise I’m at a loss. Oppressed peoples have participated in their oppression for millenia, its doesn’t lessen the oppression.

    • joannadeadwinter · March 30, 2013

      “I don’t agree. The pope is the head of a homophobic, sexist cult that endorses the persecution of anyone outside its scope.”

      I’ve got news for you. Almost every religion and culture has endorsed or participated in some form. Buddhism, for example, has a long, violent, sexist history that most liberals are content to ignore, but woe betide the Christian that looks at someone cross-eyed. Do you suggest that women leave Buddhism? Do you suggest that every time there is a disagreement, people leave behind their loved ones, beliefs, and deeply held spiritual and cultural identity? How could we ever get along or make change if we all just take our balls and go home?

      As for your (very wrong, very cliche) comments on Catholicism, I suggest you leave the Middle Ages and join the times, like people are always telling us to do. Much progress has been made in increasing understanding of sexual minorities, of reaching out to other religions, etc. The history of Catholicism is chock-full of revolutionary women who are saints. Never mind that there is far more to Catholicism than politics. People choose Catholicism because of its intellectual tradition, its mysticism, etc. and that includes sexual and other minorities. Is the Church perfect? Absolutely not, but I have never said that it was. Does the Church have a violent and prejudiced history? Does it continue to be violent and oppressive at times?Absolutely, and I never denied that. But that’s utterly beside the point of my post.

      “I fully support calling attention to this fact. How is this homophobic or transphobic?”

      Where did I say that it is homo/transphobic to call attention to religiously-motivated prejudice against sexual minorities? I said no such thing. I said it was wrong to point out prejudice by using the very prejudices that oppress the minorities that we’re supposed to be defending. It’s like insulting size prejudice by calling someone fat. Doesn’t work.

      “I can see it plays on the stereotype of gay men, but othewise [sic] I’m at a loss.”

      So that’s not a problem? Using stereotypes aimed at oppressed minorities [gays, transgendered people, and queers) to insult the enemies (certain religious leaders) of said minorities? What if I insulted someone that hated fat people by calling them fat slobs or giving them health or death threats? It would be hugely hypocritical for me to call myself a fat activist and use fat, unhealthy, or associated words as insults.

      “Oppressed peoples have participated in their oppression for millenia, its doesn’t lessen the oppression.”

      Did I deny that minorities participate in oppression? Did I say that it lessens the oppression? No, I did not.

      My point was that minority status intersects with religious and cultural identities in the same way that they intersect with other identities like sex or race. Lots of racial, sexual, and other minorities identify either culturally or religiously as Catholic for whatever reason. We don’t have to share or like that identity, but we cannot properly serve those communities without understanding and respecting that intersectionality. Attacking the religion and culture of minority groups will guarantee that a huge cross-section of the “oppressed” community will fell attacked and underserved. That’s a problem for me. Many black and African communities have deeply ingrained sexist and homophobic tendencies, but I don’t tell black gays that disowning their racial and cultural heritage is the solution to that problem. It is a valued part of who they are.

      And by the way, Catholics have, in many times and places, been oppressed minorities, including in the US, because of their religion. As such, people that claim to respect religious minorities would do well to pay Catholicism more respect.

  2. synna1 · March 31, 2013

    it sounds like you are arguing that because some minorities/dis-privileged people have chosen Catholicism as a religion, religion is above scrutiny.

    • joannadeadwinter · April 2, 2013

      “it sounds like you are arguing that because some minorities/dis-privileged people have chosen Catholicism as a religion, religion is above scrutiny.”

      Maybe it sounds that way to people who are illiterate or have a reading comprehension problem, but any reasonably intelligent, proficient English speaker should know that I said no such thing and that you are just making this up. I said more than once in my original blog post AND in my comment to you that it is appropriate and desirable to criticize prejudice in religious communities. And if you have taken the time to read my blog, you would know I spend a good deal of time talking about prejudice and oppression in religious contexts, including in the Catholic community. It sounds to me, more and more, like you are simply coming here to troll. So unless you can produce a statement in which I explicitly endorse prejudice in the Catholic community or forbid people from criticizing said prejudice, I will not be wasting my time with you. I can explain this to you all you want, but I cannot understand it for you. And if you think it is acceptable to insult heterosexism *by referring to heterosexists as closet drag queens,* then I can’t take you seriously as a trans or gay ally. Sorry.

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