This video is going viral so I thought I’d post it with a bit of commentary.
The reason why this video disturbs me so much while it just provokes head scratching and mockery from others is because this woman sounds only a bit less sane than some people I know. You don’t know insane until you’ve been stuck in a car with someone who’s gone on like this for hours but whose use of good grammar and more coherent sentence structure only serves to amplify the insanity. It’s the content that is the same. Basically, gays are dirty, filthy, unnatural, homicidal perverts who do nasty things to one another all day long and if we let them to this disgusting stuff, before you know it, straight white married men will be buggering each other too because it feels better than sex with a woman and they won’t be able to help themselves. Also, no one who is unmarried should even think about having sex under any circumstances because it’s disgusting and fornication and shows a lack of self-control.
I know where it comes from. It’s the Glenn Beck- Bill O’Reilly- “Christian” broadcasting Axis of Evil. The UNESCO idea is significant and a sign of the New World Order, the Trilateral Commission and one world government. Oh, and cursing and swearing just shows that society is at its most decadent (these women have apparently never watched Deadwood). Why these people should be so concerned with what gay people are doing is a mystery to me. I don’t sit around worrying about whether piece A is going into the “proper” slot B for hours and days and weeks at a time and I don’t even know the terms for all of the different manifestations of gay sex but I’ll bet the woman above does. Images of gay people doin’ it are not on an endless video loop in my head and I’m guessing that the vast majority of people don’t think about it either. What I find curious is that apparently oral and anal sex between heterosexual married couples doesn’t seem to trip their trigger at all.
But notice who is giving this jeremiad on gay sex. It’s an elderly white woman who probably has her TV bat channel tuned to Fox and whatever false prophet of the week is predicting another sign of the end times.
It’s acquired stupidity syndrome. Someone has gotten into their minds with a finely calibrated tool and messed with the circuitry. The association between sex and disgusting things has been reinforced over and over again. It’s worse when they think about gay sex but any sexual encounter that does not happen under the cleanliness of a wedding ring is disgusting. And studies have shown that disgust is a powerful emotion that is often manipulated in the unaware.
Speaking last week from a conference on disgust in Germany, Valerie Curtis, a self-described “disgustologist” from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, described her favorite emotion as “incredibly important.”
She continued: “It’s in our everyday life. It determines our hygiene behaviors. It determines how close we get to people. It determines who we’re going to kiss, who we’re going to mate with, who we’re going to sit next to. It determines the people that we shun, and that is something that we do a lot of.”
It begins early, she said: “Kids in the playground accuse other kids of having cooties. And it works, and people feel shame when disgust is turned on them.”
Some studies have suggested that political conservatives are more prone to disgust than liberals are. And it is clear that what people find disgusting they often find immoral, too.
“People who are sensitive to one type of disgust are not necessarily sensitive to another,” he said. For example, he said, earlier claims that political conservatives (self-identified) were more sensitive than liberals to disgust were overly general. Research that he and his colleagues did suggested that conservatives were more disgusted by sexual topics, but were similar to liberals in the domains of disease avoidance and moral judgment.
By the way, in case you are wondering how powerful a psychological tool disgust is politically, go back and think about how the public was turned off to the Occupy Movement. Not everyone is susceptible but for some reason, it appears that women who came of age before the sexual revolution are especially vulnerable. Not all women of that age but it’s more than statistically significant. And these are the women who the Republicans are unleashing at the polls who vote against abortion and gay marriage and simultaneously, all of the social programs that they actually benefit from.
So, the woman in the video above is not alone. Nooooo, not by a long shot. But now, maybe the women who are like her will understand how batshit crazy the world thinks they are. It’s curable but the people who are affected need to understand that they are being messed with. And it looks and sounds really bad.