Bil Browning

What's normal?

Filed By Bil Browning | October 08, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: Against Equality, Yasmin Nair

"Practically, we shouldn't be teaching children to accept homosexuality as normal, we should be teaching them to accept people who are not normal."

-- Bilerico contributor Yasmin Nair in an interview with Time Out Chicago about the Against Equality book tour.

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"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
-- Margaret Mead

Very fitting, Leigh Anne. It seems a bit hard to figure out what, exactly, Yasmin was advocating.

After all, who is to define "normal"?

Raymond Paquette | October 10, 2010 9:01 AM

I don't think it is hard to understand what Yasmin is advocating.

How's this:
Rather than trying to convince anybody that we are normal (implicitly agreeing that only normal people deserve respect), we should advocate for respect for anyone regardless of normality status.

This makes particularly good sense because, as you point out, the definition of "normal" is rather elusive and varies depending on who does the defining.