Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Quote of the Day

Actually, Eve [Tushnet, pictured at right] is self-hating. Imagine a black person choosing to live in Harlem during the civil rights era, dressing in distinctly African-American styles – yet adamantly and outspokenly opposing civil rights – and defending the indefensible by proclaiming, “But, I listen to the Jackson 5.”

Eve’s tired schtick is breathtakingly condescending and transparently patronizing. If she wants to be an anti-gay bigot, she should drop the pretentious poseur performance and refashion herself as Anita Bryant. At least Bryant was honest in her presentation and did not work so hard to appear trendy and, “like, totally rad dude.”

I don’t really care that Tushnet has elected to remain celibate. If she has chosen to embrace a unimpressive, petty, and puny version of God who is a scold on “hole patrol” – well that is her business. Her loneliness and sexual repression is her choice and I respect it.

However, her blog reinforces the negative message that there is something wrong with gay intimacy. Her solution is that millions of healthy LGBT people adopt her obviously unhealthy sexual hang-ups and religious neuroses. This is a particularly egregious message when young LGBT teens are still committing suicide because they are told that there is something wrong with them. Ms. Tushnet’s work feeds into this bigotry and provides the rationalization and justification for harming people who have done nothing to hurt her.

– Wayne Besen
Eve Tushnet: I’m Such a Cool Lesbian AND I’m Anti-Gay
June 7, 2010

Recommended Off-Site Link:
Eve Tushnet: A Gay Catholic Voice Against Gay Marriage – Mark Oppenheimer (New York Times, June 4, 2010).

UPDATE: What is a Queer Catholic Sexual Ethic: Eve Tushnet, Tenderness, and Queer Sex – Barbara Anne Kozee (Bondings 2.0, January 25, 2022).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Catholic Voice for Marriage Equality at the State Capitol
At UTS, a Rousing and Very Catholic Show of Support for Marriage Equality
A Catholic Presence at Gay Pride
The Dreaded "Same-Sex Attracted" View of Catholicism


Mareczku said...

I guess he doesn't like her. I find some of his comments somewhat offensive.

colkoch said...

Eve Tushnet is a piece of work. I have to give her some credit though, she's wormed her way into the hearts of the conservatives and is doing quite well for herself.

I kind of consider Eve the anti Rachel Maddow. I betcha Eve does too. Too bad Rachel has made it a whole lot further, but then Rachel is a whole lot more believable.