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Is there anything remotely offensive about gay people? I admit to being homophobic, all right. I'm a bad judge of character because I'm quite prejudiced when it comes to gender issues involving alternative engenderments. I thrive on the comedy that demeans and offends gay people, and it's not in the interest of satire or humor.
There were a few people who came to me once and said that I should stop using my "gay analogies" because they found my anal-phallic references "bastos." I won't make promises: when it comes to political correctness and gender sensitivity, I'm a bit of a laggard.
Gender sensitivity is not an "awakening:" it's more of a "learning process," and I take an awfully long time to learn things. UP is full of openly gay people as it is, and exposing me to all the gayness in the world won't make a gay man out of me. The truth is, in six years in UP, I never really had a full understanding of alternative engenderments. To be honest, I'm still very, very homophobic that at this point in my life, I'm still offended by cross-dressers and people who flaunt their gayness through means of exteriority.
Now is there anything wrong with that? Yes, but only if you don't exert the effort to learn about alternative engendering. But it's all a matter of what "understanding" is: I cannot put myself in the shoes of the Other. That's just the way it is, and that's the way it will always be. My understanding of being gay will always be a second-hand understanding: we can't set aside a day of trading places.
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