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The Closet - Phil's Rambling Rants
October 7th, 2010
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I caught a few minutes last night of someone ranting about the Tyler Clementi case.  What they seemed to be saying is that we, the people who are sickened by the whole situation, should be upset that the kids who posted the video might not be getting punished enough; that we have an obligation to change our society to come down harder after the fact on "bullying" and "hate crimes".

It makes me sad that people are saying that the problem in society is that we don't hate the haters enough.  If we seek to change society so that these things don't happen again, wouldn't it make more sense to change society so that Tyler didn't have to be ashamed of who he was and who he loved in the first place?  It strikes me that by crying for stronger privacy protections, we're trying to shore up the walls of the closet so nobody can break in.  We're saying "stay in here and keep your head down, and if anyone blows your cover we'll smack them for you."

Aren't we supposed to be working for a world where nobody needs to be in the closet in the first place because there's nothing wrong with being gay?

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From:alymid
Date:October 7th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I would argue that privacy protections are a completely separate and necessary issue. It is important that people can't just digitally spy on others and share what they record with the world, and there be no repercussions. There have been numerous cases of people video stalking and then making their footage public - this happens across gender/orientation/affiliation lines.

But that is largely irrelevant to most hate crimes, bullying and the culture of fear and shame that are their result.
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From:catsittingstill
Date:October 7th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I agree that it should be "okay, what of it?" kind of news that someone is gay, and I intend to work toward a world where that is the case.

But I also think that people shouldn't secretly record people's assignations and then upload it to the internet.

The love between my husband and me is completely licit and respected by the community, but I would still be pretty upset if someone filmed our intimate moments and uploaded them to youtube!
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