Thursday, May 05, 2005

Masculinity in Jesusland

For one thing, you can't donate sperm if you are a gay man. Who knows where that penis has been:

To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.

The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.

"Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he's been celibate for five years," said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, California, that seeks gay sperm donors.

Might this all be a fear of gayness being inheritable? Hmmh?

Our dear Reverend James Dobson (who is going to be the head mullah when we get theocracy set up properly here) doesn't believe in inheritability here, which is a little shocking to me. He thinks that boys need to be made into heterosexual men by showing what an achievement masculinity is! (Femininity, on the other hand, requires only a lot of submission training). This is how you bring up a son:

Meanwhile, the boy's father has to do his part. He needs to mirror and affirm his son's maleness. He can play rough-and-tumble games with his son, in ways that are decidedly different from the games he would play with a little girl. He can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball. He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard. He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a penis, just like his, only bigger.

So cute, isn't it? I'm learning so much about Jesusland today. It's making me a teeny bit worried.