So I won't even try.
They've put out a press release calling on HRC, the Task Force, GLAAD, and Lambda Legal to condemn (several types of) gay male sex.
I was thinking about writing a 70-some-odd-point ordered list of every inconsistency, inaccuracy, lie, and stupid statement in that nine paragraph press release, but there's really no point in doing that. You all wouldn't be entertained, I'd be bitter, no one would be educated, and the CWA wouldn't stop hating. (That can be a Hump Day activity for the comments.)
But I did want to focus on the idea of "condemn"ing a sex act as a solution to it.
Matt Barber says (ostensibly about MSRA):
Therefore, these groups should publicly condemn those specific 'high-risk behaviors' which this study has concluded are responsible for spreading MRSA among homosexuals.
Those high-risk activities, listed three paragraphs above, include all gay sex. Not surprising, I suppose, that the CWA is just fine with condemning it, but do they really expect anyone else to follow suit?
Just condemning a sex act has never stopped it from happening. Consider:
- There's no shortage of people willing to condemn premarital sex, but a Guttmacher Institute study from 2006 found that 95% of Americans had had premarital sex.
- Abstinence-only sex education is basically a fundie standing in front of a classroom, wagging their finger, saying "No, no, no" to non-marital sex. It's about as close to a condemnation of non-marital sex as one can find, and yet it's absolutely ineffective at even getting kids to wait to have sex.
- Gay sex has been vilified, demonized, stigmatized, and, until recently, illegal, and yet it still goes on. And on and on and on.
It's so ineffective to simply condemn sex and there's so much data to back up that claim that... it almost seems like there's another motivation at play here. (I'm shocked as well.)
I think that it'd be great if those gay orgs (which deal with STD prevention?) would just send back a letter saying that they'll consider it if CWA will back state and federal funding for comprehensive sex education.
I'm not going to be all that surprised, though, if there are queer people who start condemning gay sex (or at least the kinds that they don't like) over MSRA. It's that kind of bury-your-head-in-the-sand knee-jerk reaction that makes this country great.
And one word more thing - the only Concerned Woman quoted in their own press release is Matt Barber. Are there any women who work at that outfit?