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Thursday, September 30, 2010

On Sacrificial Lambs and a Rethink in our Sexual Practices

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A Rutgers University freshman who had his privacy violated after two classmates allegedly filmed him during a "sexual encounter" and posted it on the Internet committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, authorities said.

Our Take:

Despicable and underhanded. What business is it of anyone to tape scenes of people having sex to post them on the Internet? A reprehensible act that should be discouraged in the strongest terms. To merely satisfy viewers voyeuristic inclinations and to shed light on the culture of repressed societies where sex is taboo, more likely. Sex is life, not death!
Granted that this is one *isolated incident in an ocean of possibilities and that we are making a mountain out of a molehill. However, there is a banquet of food for thought.
Obviously, the parties involved in this horrible act have not only brought disgrace to bear on themselves and untold heartache and pain for the family of the young freshman, they have also completely derailed ongoing efforts of many to bring awareness and consciousness-raising about LGBT issues in and outside college campuses.
Activists have their work cut out for them.  Are we ever going to learn?

*!!!! This is NOT one isolated incident. We stand corrected. See below:

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  1. This news is so sad. We have a strong LGBT ally program on my campus, but here in the American South's Bible Belt it is certainly not a safe place for many to come out. I hope that education and awareness results from this tragedy, so that it doesn't happen again.

  2. How many sacrificial lambs does it take to uproot deeply entrenched dogmas? I agree, Intelly, it is very sad.

  3. It is frightening how often this happens. And still people fail to think we have an issue. It's the same old story. We don't matter enough to make anyone take notice. We avoid the problem until it is too late, then say we never knew about it.
    Shame on us.

  4. I hope that people look beyond this as more than a "teen bullying" issue, too -- after all, who are they modeling their behavior after?