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Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
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Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
I've noticed for awhile now, that because of the gay rights movement there's been some "queer privilege" going on. Now, there is nothing wrong with gay rights in my opinion, but there does seem to be some overcorrection.

A man can be single and in his 30s or older, and if he's gay, that is a reason to be celebrated. Usually in the sense of "This person has had to overcome so much, isn't it amazing they can be proud of who they are now, So-and-so is the chairperson of LGBT committee for this company, etc".

Another way to look at it, has any cultural movement ever taken facebook by storm the way the red equal sign did? The answer is no.

A straight single man on the flipside, is oftentimes seen as closeted gay. It's still allowed to make fun of closeted gays - just don't do it with affirmed gays, then it becomes wrong (be careful if pointing that out to liberals, they get very upset). Any single straight man past 30 besides rockstars or celebs, is always viewed with at least slight suspicion. Most places in the US outside NYC & LA still find it strange if a man isn't married by 27-28.

If anything, single straight men past a certain age are viewed with more derision than gay, since gay is now celebrated as something amazing. It's seen as bigotry to be judgmental of gays. I also think when two candidates applying for a job have the same qualifications, the majority of large corporations will choose the gay one, if anything they can probably be less qualified.

The last point I'd like to make, if someone asks a straight guy if he's gay, and if he says he's straight, that can be taken as an insult to gays - when you did nothing but declare you are straight. Then, they might start insisting you're gay (especially if you're into shape and style) and that can be annoying as well.

The metrosexual days of 2005-2007 were actually a step in the right direction, but it also presented straight guys as cool, in shape, and stylish, which society hates, unless you're a celebrity. Hipsters only annoy, but don't make anyone mad - they're never perceived as cocky ladykillers (the way truly stylish guys can be) although some of them do have game. A big reason so much of the country hates LA & Miami is because a disproportionate amount of the guys there actually care about style and working out compared to other major cities in the US.
(This post was last modified: 10-10-2013 06:35 PM by DiorHomme.)
10-10-2013 05:55 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
There is definitely a gay mafia in hollywood.

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10-10-2013 06:09 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
Gays are the single most boring thing in the world.

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10-10-2013 08:26 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
That's true, but them being single is glorified (not sure why they want gay marriage so bad they rarely commit). A single straight guy past late 20s requires a lot more explanation as to why he's single, anyone who denies that is not in touch with reality. Essentially, for gays, being single is the norm and they should not be looked upon strange for it, but straight men should be looked at strange for it.

I find that paradox interesting.
10-10-2013 08:35 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
I've never explained the fact the I'm in my thirties and single to anyone.
10-10-2013 10:38 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
No. Tell that to all the gay people who get bullied for being gay.
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
I don't mind the LBGT community, as long as they keep that shit to themselves. It does not help that the media is obsessed with homosexuality. Try not being bombarded with "he/she is gay" every time we tune in. Hell, i read on Yahoo that a GAY BOXER will wear rainbow colored clothing for his upcoming fight. I just think to myself, "Really"? Being Gay is IN as shit. They give anybody that makes noise about their personal lifestyle their 15 minutes. You don't like it??? Well you must be homophobic. Geez...
10-10-2013 11:08 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
It's still allowed for society to imply a single man past a certain age has to got to be gay, then he says he isn't - now he's anti-gay just for proclaiming he is straight.

Strange world we live in these days.

It's acceptable for people to joke around about a straight guy who is possibly assumed gay (if single past a certain age or just a little too into fashion), but not acceptable to say anything about those who are actually gay, then it's automatically bigotry.

In a way, the guys who are possibly assumed gay but actually straight, might get the most gay jokes of all.
10-10-2013 11:43 PM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
Walk up to a huge group of bitchy girls and announce that you're gay and like men.
Surprise!
A dozen new 'friends' who will treat you like a king, tell you that you're 'brave' and 'cool, buy you drinks, and bum you smokes.
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
Pulling the gay card could also get you out of a bind when you are in trouble. Not always but in some situations. I've never done it but I know someone who has and it was successful. Not that I recommend doing it but if you really really need to it's an option.
10-11-2013 03:19 AM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
(10-10-2013 10:55 PM)Dex Wrote:  No. Tell that to all the gay people who get bullied for being gay.

That's a hate crime now. Can you explain how it's different to getting bullied for being weedy or a nerd?

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10-11-2013 04:11 AM
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RE: Is there such thing as "queer privilege"?
(10-10-2013 10:55 PM)Dex Wrote:  No. Tell that to all the gay people who get bullied for being gay.

The gay lobby does far more damage to the average straight guy from a top-down societal vanatge point than do all the bullies in all the high schools across the country put together. And in any case, the whole 'bullying' thing is being harshly penalized, often excessively so, so it's not like it's 1955 and it's all being swept under the rug and/or we're not told about it day in and day out by the powers that be.

Moreover, the gay lobby is one of the worse abusers of invoking the 'victimhood' culture in America, often in very dubious instances. They've created an environment that's actively looking for perpetrators and any sort of 'anti-gay' or 'homophobic' behavior. I put those words in quotes bc its difficult to know what they really mean these days - they can really mean anything, and often can be used against anyone who's not on board with the full gay lobby platform (or whatever the issue of the month is for them). They are also utterly screwing up societies in some ways by using their over-inflated influence in politics, the media, corporations, etc. Gays tend to be wealthier and more organized in general, and most don't have to spend an inordinate amount of time on things like raising kids, building a family, etc.

We don't need 'gender-neutral' upbringing, 'gay-awareness' and 'sensitivity training' generally, and particulary at the young ages that some of these people would like to start at. But if you'd hear most 'progressives' they can't get enough of it. For example, I can make a pretty good argument that gay marriage, which is really sort of a segue into gay adoption, is a pretty dubious concept and not issue....and pretty silly IMO. But in our politically correct nightmare western society try screaming that from the rafters and see what it gets you. And try finding anything critical of it or at least objective in the mainstream press.

Anyway, the answer to your question is "Yes, there is such a thing as queer privilege" at least in a de facto sense in the courts and general polite society I think.

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(This post was last modified: 10-11-2013 07:04 AM by Akula.)
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