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Marriage, and garden implements

I wrote this a few years ago to illustrate a point in a debate about marriage equality, before it was legalised in the UK, and the person I was debating with said that they couldn’t see the issue as homosexuals already had Civil Partnerships which were the same as marriage, so why wasn’t that enough? What was the difference and what did they have their glittery panties all in a twist about?

I thought I would share it here for posterity.

 


 

A man goes into a shop and says “Hello, I’d like to buy a spade please”

“Certainly, sir”, the shopkeeper replies. “But I need to know what you sexual orientation is”

“My… eh, WHAT?”

“What your sexual orientation is, sir. Terribly sorry, but I can only sell you a spade if you are heterosexual”

“What on earth does that have to do with anything?”

“Those are the rules, sir”

“So, what if I was gay and wanted to buy a spade?”

“Couldn’t sell you one, sir. I’d have to sell you one of these instead” (holds up a spade)

“Um, that’s a spade isn’t it?”

“No, no, sir. It’s an ‘earth-inverting horticultural implement’. It’s just like a spade only it’s called something different”

“So why not call it a spade then?”

“Ahhh…. long history of only heterosexual men being allowed to use a spade, sir. Can’t have the traditionalists getting upset over letting gays use spades, sir. Best thing is to give them the same thing with a different name and hope everyone is happy.”

“But, look, it really is a spade, isn’t it”

(looks around, winks conspiratorially) “Of course it is, sir. But we have to pretend, don’t we? Can’t just let anyone use the word ‘spade’ now can we, sir? It would degrade the ownership experience of all existing heterosexual spade-owners if they suddenly learned gays could own spades too.”

 

Posted by on 12th March 2016 in Humour, Opinion

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Same Love

I heard Macklemore’s “Same Love” on the radio today for the first time. I confess I didn’t know of it until now – sorry for being so late to the party here.

My initial reaction was that it’s a positive thing that a mainstream music song is saying that it is ok to be gender-queer and that they support marriage equality. Also, I really liked the song (despite rap being one of my least-favourite music genres).

I wanted to know more, and read the lyrics, so googled about it when I got home, and came up with some interesting articles on the subject (linked to at the end of this post)

The articles I’ve linked to below are making the observation that it’s a little odd that a white, straight, cisgender man is telling people in the LGBT community that it’s cool to be how we are. That his opinion isn’t valid because of it, that the song is fake because of it.

However, the comments people have left to the flavorwire article are even more interesting, and there are some good points made there. The overwhelming one being that the fact that a song with a message like this is getting mainstream airplay is a positive thing, and it’s good to get a message like that out to more ears than would usually hear it.

Does one have to be black to be abhorred by racism? Or female to be against sexism and misogyny? Were all the people in favour for the abolition of slavery themselves slaves? In short, does one have to have a direct experience of an injustice, prejudice or equality in order to have the moral opinion that it isn’t right and to stand up and be counted in saying so? I don’t believe so.

So I think I’m sticking with my initial reaction.

 


Links:

http://flavorwire.com/412156/queer-rapper-le1f-speaks-out-against-macklemore-why-same-love-doesnt-speak-for-the-lgbt-community/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emma-joslyn/desperately-seeking-music-equality_b_4020086.html

 

Posted by on 11th October 2013 in Opinion, Transgender

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