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Proclamations of the Red Queen

4th May 2008

Silence over Shortland St sex?

Posted by: Craig Young

shorty7.jpgNow that’s weird. I was pleasantly surprised to note no porcine squeals of horror and moral outrage from either Family First, SPCS or anyone else on the Christian Right about the Gerald/Lindsey Shortland Street bonk scenes. But why?

Nor was there a single moan of umbrage when it was repeated on Sunday morning, although presumably most of them are at church at that time.

Does this mean that the Christian Right have finally gotten lives of their own? There are several possible reasons behind this unnatural hush, however. One of them is that they’re too weak and diffuse to multitask, given their more pressing need to accquire legitimate signatures for their ghastly pro-belting petition of theirs. Otherwise, they might have become too specialised.

Added to which, though, the Gerald/Lindsey storyline was being played for laughs, unfortunately. Think about it. If Kieran and Libby were really serious about helping to devirginise Gerald, why not just get him to call Gayline and have a chat about things? Or simply pop into Unity Books and pick up a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex for him?

Or, we could have a discussion of why Gerald is a twenty four year old gay virgin. I have a real life mate who’s one of those, for that matter, and I respect his choice. For one thing, he lives and works in a small provincial town, and he maintains that the quality and standard of the local gayboy community isn’t up to par.

Back to Gerald, though. He’s a country boy, and let’s face it, sexuality education isn’t comprehensive enough when it comes to LGBT relationships, sexuality and gender identity, and moreover, most LGBT youth groups are based in larger metropolitan centres. No wonder poor Gerald is perplexed.

What we really need is an intermediate how-to category of erotic educational videos that is distinct from erotic entertainment DVDs. Gay erotic entertainment media doesn’t do the trick because it already assumes sexual experience in a utopian social environment without social and interpersonal barriers to getting it on. Erotic educational media would have storylines, character development, human interaction and dialogue requirements that would actually be instructive as well as entertaining and erotic.

And incidentally, there’s nothing wrong with waiting, either. In fact, it’s better for all concerned if sexual contact is delayed until one has the advantage of better personal interaction skills and strategic reasoning.

One hopes Gerald and Lindsey do sort it out and do the deed. Meanwhile, the curious conservative Christian lack of the usual umbrage and histrionics is much appreciated…


Cindy Patton: “Safe Sex and the Erotic Vernacular” in Bad Object Choices (ed) How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video: London: River Oram: 1990.
Charles Silverstein and Felice Picano: The Joy of Gay Sex: New York: HarperCollins: 2003.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 portmanteau // May 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    “.. given their more pressing need to accquire legitimate signatures for their ghastly pro-belting petition of theirs.”

    and as usual, anything valid that you might have to say in your blog is negated by your distorted and extremist presentation of your own agendas.

  • 2 Craig // May 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Well, the fundies certainly do seem to be slightly indisposed over that particular issue…

  • 3 portmanteau // May 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    not just the fundies have opinions that differ from your own (but so much simpler to denigrate a point of view, rather than to debate it, aye?)

  • 4 Craig Young // May 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Yes, P, but it is the fundamentalist Christian lobby that appears to be circulating the petitions to repeal Section 59 Repeal, and lobbying for a CIR.
    And anyway, what does this have to do with Shortland Street…???

  • 5 portmanteau // May 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    ask yourself … you are the one who seized the opportunity to lambast everyone who opposes that particular piece of legislation (read your own post)

  • 6 caspar // May 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Can’t help but agree with pormanteau - there’s certainly more to the anti-smacking law than the way you spin it

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