Volume 91, Issue 43

Thursday, November 13, 1997

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OPINIONS
 

Double standard

Re: Explicit sex, Oct. 28 and uwOUT poster controversy

To the Editor:
The fact that members of UWOut subscribe to some fantastical form of diplomatic immunity does not change the content of their posters. These posters showed people obviously engaged in sexual acts. And just in case you weren't sure, the words "Safe Sex is Hot Sex" were plastered across the bottom to remind you.

Alexa Duggan, the president of UWOut, wants you to believe that two naked men, one with his face in the other's crotch, or two naked women straddling each other, is merely "a tender moment between two individuals" and not implicit acts of sex.

Whether I am heterosexual or homosexual does not disqualify my disgust at seeing portrayals of sex acts hanging in a public place – a place where people regularly bring their children. Tender moments between individuals are things children should see more often. If a child questions their sexuality, they should feel that whatever they choose is OK. However, no parent in their right mind would want their children to witness the actual mechanics of sex.

I can't help but think there is a double standard at work here. If a person were to hang a poster of a woman implicitly performing fellatio on a man (or showing her bra) would woman's groups be up in arms over such a unbalanced portrayal of sex? However, if someone criticizes uwOUT's actions, they are immediately branded as bigots and homophobes. Yet, they do not even know my sexuality!

In either case, what is a parent to say to their six-year-old child who asks "Daddy, where is that man's penis?"

R. Whitney Dodman
Computer Science III



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