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  •  Moralizing makes money. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not going to impute improper motives to Kramer, because I think he honestly believes what he's writing, but it strikes me that he could make money by issuing moral judgments about gay men simply because that's exactly what straight society (and far too many gays) wanted to hear.  It's a message that fits in perfectly with the "HIV is punishment" idea, and it's one that allows people to feel comfortable with their homophobia, since they can say, "See, those irresponsible gays brought this on themselves."

    I find the whole idea very deeply disturbing.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:02:40 AM PDT

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    •  I distinctly remember, when a friend came out, (3+ / 0-)
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      thinking that HIV was the only thing he needed to worry about beyond simple bullying. Because of course that was all anyone at school or church talked about happening - simple no-physical-scars bullying and the dangers of HIV.

      Not what the guy three pews over saying 'amen' to every vaguely homophobic statement in a sermon in our no-audible-reactions-ever church might be willing to do to him on a dark evening. And not that the anti-HIV drug regimens were actually getting fairly dependable at the time all this talk was going on in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

      Thanks to the moralizing, I had the risks he really faced completely flipped in my head.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Boston, in Texas, and for this week to be over without anything else happening.

      by Cassandra Waites on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:54:51 PM PDT

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