If I had to choose between a world full of depraved conservatives who were at least enjoying themselves while they made the rest of us miserable and a world full of conservatives such as the kind Ned Williams is purporting to be today, I think I’d choose the depraved conservatives.
Because at least the depraved conservatives are not lying to themselves.
But, Ned, dang it*, do you honestly read that stuff and find it to be the truth? Is there no gut check you do where some part of you just says, quietly, “Hey, something about that is not right” and, even if you don’t know what is right about it, you listen? If not, well, then, I feel even worse for you than I did from the beginning.
Let’s go through the lies Maggie Gallagher tells you that you pass along as truths, even though, dang it again, you should know better.
1. “The male-female divide”–What is that? I mean, once you get passed all the Men are from Mars, Women from Venus crap, do you really feel that you don’t know your wife? And, if you do, do you really believe that that’s because she’s a woman and not just because she’s another person, independent of you and no matter how much you love her and come to know her, there will just be parts of her that are secret because you can’t know what it’s like to be her–as a person. We are not strangers to you because we are women, or at least, we don’t have to be.
2. “Marriage is the fundamental, cross-cultural institution”–no, it’s not. Families are the fundamental, cross-cultural institution and families might be constituted a lot of ways. Long before there was “marriage,” there were families.
3. “Marriage is the fundamental, cross-cultural institution for bridging the male-female divide so that children have loving, committed mothers and fathers”–Again. You know your history. You know this is not true. Marriage, as a social institution, is historically about inheritance rights, not about love or commitment.
Aw, you know what? Fuck it.
Most people who oppose gay marriage know at some level that there’s no good reason for it other than the ick factor. They’re opposed to gay marriage because they think gay people are gross. All this nonsense about “preserving the traditional meaning of marriage” is just bullshit. Come on.
Even conservative Ned Williams is not arguing that he should own all of his wife’s property outright and that she not be allowed to have a bank account or a credit card in her name. He doesn’t believe he should be able to beat his wife in public and carry on with mistresses and prostitutes if he wants. He doesn’t believe that, if he should die tomorrow, some other man–either designated by him or appointed by the courts–should decide to whom his kids get shipped off to and, regardless of what his will says, how much of his property his wife should be able to make use of until she dies. He doesn’t believe that he should be able to arrange marriages for his children to wealthy clients or local political families in order to directly benefit his business, regardless of the wishes of his children.
No, he’s basically bought into the idea that there’s some pretend pleasant history of marriage always full of love and devotion and monogamy and happy children and that he can refer to that pretend history as having any legitimacy when arguing against gay marriage.
That’s a joke. And I should be able to laugh at it as a joke.
So, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, etc.
*That’s conservative for “damn it.”