Prelutsky Doesn't Get It

Prelutsky Doesn't Get It August 12, 2011

Burt Prelutsky is one of those folks that write for the Worldnutdaily and they always label his columns as “exclusive commentary.” Once you read it you realize that there’s a good reason it’s “exclusive” to that site — no one else would publish it.

In his latest column he’s trying to respond to someone who criticized him for writing a column against gay marriage that included a whole bunch of ridiculous statements about the subject. He quotes himself as quoted by his critic:

Apparently, the part that most upset Mr. Hooper was the sentence that read: “What I do find annoying about a great many homosexuals is their insistence on identifying themselves solely on the basis of their sexual activities,” even though the paragraph continued, “To be fair, I have an equal intolerance with heterosexual men whose identity seems to be totally wrapped up in their sexual activities and whose conversation consists of bragging about their conquests. It just strikes me as adolescent.”

And he wonders why he was criticized. He does here what so many anti-gay bigots do and defines a gay person solely by the kind of sex that they have. Identifying yourself as gay does not mean you’re identifying yourself by the kind of sex you have, any more than saying “I’m straight” defines yourself by straight sex. How could it? The varieties of ways that both gays and straights have sex is quite large; what one person might like sexually another person might find horrifying. I don’t know anyone, straight or gay, that defines themselves by the kind of sexual activities they like. Prelutsky, like most bigots, simply cannot separate “I’m gay” from “I have gay sex.” The moment someone mentions that they’re gay, that’s the only thing he can think about.

My critic also quoted the following three sentences: “As for Gay Pride parades, I can hardly imagine anything goofier. What is it that they’re so proud of? Is it that their sexual activity will never lead to the birth of a baby, but only, tragically, on occasion, to a dreadful disease?”

Another sign of Prelutsky’s bigotry. He absolutely cannot conceive of why gay people would want to throw a pride parade and celebrate being gay. Really? Is it that hard to imagine? Gee, maybe it’s because they are made to feel ashamed of it so often by their parents, their peers and, nearly always, their church communities. Maybe it’s because people like Prelutsky spend so much of their time villifying gays and lesbians as horrible sinners bound for hell. If you grew up with such a situation, you’d feel the need to assert your pride in who you are too.

Finally, how is it that they ever came up with that childish insult, “homophobe”? It’s bad enough that they are so arrogant that they can seriously insist that anyone who opposes same-sex marriages is suffering from an irrational fear, which is the definition of a phobia, but what are we to make of the first part of the word? After all, for years we have been lectured that the “H” word is an obscenity, every bit as offensive as the “N” word, and yet here they are tossing it around like a beach ball at Dodger Stadium.

Frankly, I’m a little surprised they didn’t go all the way and come up with “queerophobe” or “fagophobe.”

And he calls someone else childish. Wow. You do, in fact, have an irrational fear, just as all anti-gay bigots do. It may not be a fear of each and every gay person, but it is certainly a fear that if gays are not punished as much as possible, if they’re given even an ounce of understanding and tolerance instead of hatred and condemnation, your kids will find being gay so alluring that they’ll go right out and have gay sex and society will fall apart. That’s what your rhetoric says constantly. And yes, that is an absolutely irrational fear.

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  • Fifth Dentist

    Obviously his criticism of pride parades is due to all-consuming jealousy.

    He so wants the freedom to fullfill his fantasies of being dressed in chaps and cavorting with young, buff, , shirtless delicious rentboys in the light of day.

  • Moreover, the postfix “-phobia” has in recent decades been extended to include irrational prejudice rather than just irrational fear. You may not like that the language is changing, but irregardless it is. Get over it.

    (Yes, that abomination in the second to last sentencce was intentional. I hate that freaking word, but you know what? It’s basically a real word these days, and I’m just going to have to get over it. I can avoid using it myself, but I can’t get all worked up when somebody else uses it. That’s how living languages work. It can be ugly, but it’s a fact of life.)

  • Andrew

    I always try to cut the “phobia” red herring off at the knees by using the term “heterosexist”. The same way a sexist is someone who thinks men are inherently better than women, a heterosexist is someone who thinks a straight person is somehow inherently better than a gay person.

  • I always try to cut the “phobia” red herring off at the knees by using the term “heterosexist”. The same way a sexist is someone who thinks men are inherently better than women, a heterosexist is someone who thinks a straight person is somehow inherently better than a gay person.

    Sounds like a workable neologism to me, though I wonder if “homosexist” would be better, since it’s sexism against homosexuals, and I confess that I’m amused by the idea of a fundie’s brain snapping when they’re accused of being “homosexist.”

    But I’m not that big of a grammar pedant to know which is more technically accurate.

  • dingojack

    James – irregardless has been around since only the 1870’s:

    “Portsmouth Times,” Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.A., April 11, 1874:

    “We supported the six successful candidates for Council in the face of a strong opposition.

    We were led to do so because we believed every man of them would do his whole duty, irregardless of party, and the columns of this paper for one year has [sic] told what is needed.”

    After only 140 years I’m susprised you can bear being on the blog with the word. 🙂 – Dingo

  • I wish I knew who said it first, but I’ve always been amused by the statement that “Gay people and straight people are completely different — except for what they do in bed.”

  • naturalcynic

    5th dentist:

    Obviously his criticism of pride parades is due to all-consuming jealousy.

    He so wants the freedom to fullfill his fantasies of being dressed in chaps and cavorting with young, buff, , shirtless delicious rentboys in the light of day.

    Are you sure that Prelutsky isn’t the feather boa/6 in. platform heels type?

  • BKsea

    I think there is a more interesting subtlety here. Prelutsky says he can’t tolerate heterosexual men who talk only of their sexual conquests, either. What is different is that he accepts that there are heterosexuals who are not obsessed with sex, but assumes all homosexuals are. He would probably be surprised to learn that he is surrounded by homosexual men who he does not recognize because they are not all consumed with sex.

  • Chris from Europe

    @Bronze Dog

    I think heterosexism is already in use.

  • Chris from Europe

    @BKsea

    I wonder if he includes men talking about having a wife or girlfriend and everything else that suggests being an active heterosexual.

  • Why do I get the feeling Mr Prelutsky will be much happier and more relaxed after he finally breaks down and finds himself a man?