I would like to thank Alex DiBranco for writing this piece because it has caused my students, adolescent boys with AIDS, to talk more openly about their experiences blogging (in English) around sexual issues, and how when they do that--like clockwork--the haters and the hate e-mail go through the roof. All of it from Americans. Strangely, most of it from Texas. My students aren't writing columns. But when they blog about sexual issues, it somehow stirs the haters to respond with vile animosity.
My students adamantly maintain that the hate spewed at them has no effect. But the hate is designed to have an effect on them. And at some point they either engage in the spitting contest or they will retreat and stop blogging for a while or they get disgusted and stop for good. The hater's goal is to put an end to the dialogue.
Sex and sexuality are hot-button items everywhere. And there are culture war victims who are throughout a lifetime told in no uncertain terms that these are issues that must remain under the rock no one is allowed to crawl out from under to find a voice. Even a 12-year-old has a voice. It's a mistake to assume no one is listening.
The culture wars are still out there. From time to time, there's a cease-fire. But writing about sex reignites the haters who not only hate the idea of people not staying in their assigned places in the status quo, but there is no doubt in my mind that what they really hate is sex itself.
Cinematheque Films<br />Paris, FRANCE
Oct 8 2009 - 6:39am