Monday, January 4, 2016

Jennifer Roback Morse concentrates every anti-gay stereotype ever uttered into a single piece

Jennifer Roback Morse
Jennifer Roback Morse
Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the anti-gay hate group Ruth Institute, has something to say about gay men. Monday she writes at the orthodox Catholic site, Crisis Magazine, “50 Shades of Gay” Oh how clever. Allow me to jump to the conclusion:
This is why I avoid the term “gay.” I urge you to do the same. Let’s give our brothers the dignity of seeing them as they really are: men.

That seems tame enough. Her intent is to convey dignity, right? It might be something that Andrew Sullivan would write. However that is clearly not Morse's intent. This piece provides Morse with just one more opportunity to denigrate gay men. Her closing paragraph is simply a way of deflecting an accusation of hate. It is clear from the comments (other than one of mine) that her point is clearly understood by her readers.

Every paragraph of Morse's creation is offensive. I am not going to quote through the whole thing but consider this:
Some same-sex attracted men are attracted to younger men, over whom they can exert power and dominance. Others seek out older men, in an effort to heal their father-wounds. Some behave in a predatory manner, seeking out vulnerable younger men and even boys, grooming them and gaining their trust as a prelude to seduction.
Allow me a rewrite:

Some heterosexual men are attracted to younger women, over whom they can exert power and dominance. Others seek out older women, in an effort to heal their mother-wounds. Some behave in a predatory manner, seeking out vulnerable younger women and even girls, grooming them and gaining their trust as a prelude to seduction.

Morse's paragraph is probably less (and certainly not more) accurate than mine. I'll quote just a bit more:
We don’t really know why some men experience same-sex attraction and others do not. Most likely, there are a number of factors operating in different people to different extents and in different unique combinations. Some men may have become sexually fixated on men after being molested at an early age. Some men may have experienced parental influences that drove their sexual desires in a particular direction. And yes, it is possible, though not proven, that some people were indeed, “born that way.”
No. No. No. There is no proven connection between childhood molestation and sexual orientation. Nor, for that matter, is there any connection to parenting. The currency of Morse's flavor of Catholicism (which is loud but at the fringe) is shame. Nothing would make her happier than to blame parents for the gayness of their sons. It is nonsense. Gay couples tend to raise heterosexual children and there is an ample supply of gay men born of Christian fundamentalist couples. Indeed, one of the primary proponents of this theory was the late Dr. Charles Socarides, a founder of NARTH. His own son, Richard, is a healthy gay man.

That leads to this tripe:
And coming from the lips of a narcissistic predator, it could be nothing more than a pick up line. “You were born that way. You can’t help it. It is ok. Doing this with me, letting me do this to you, is your true self, your path to happiness.”
The intended inference is a gay man picking up a youngster, possibly below the age of consent.

And what would a Morse polemic be without some reference to “recruiting?”
They are recruiting for some combination of political crusade and self-indulgent sex. They owe the other person the courtesy of revealing what they are signing up for. A sleight of hand of this magnitude is manipulative, not liberating; dehumanizing, not uplifting.
This is why I call Morse a bigot and this is why her organization is designated a hate group.

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