Archive for July, 2012

Yes. The answer to the above  question is yes (and also no, of course). Though I’m certain it will take more dialogue on the reason behind this answer. Nevertheless, truth is most certainly taboo. And perhaps it is the one taboo that may never fall. Bits of truth might appear, but I think it is possible to say that we’ll never shuck many truths of their falsehoods. That is, in part, why the yes and no answer make the most sense.

For instance, a recent article on nfl.com by Dan Hanzus discusses the controversy that may exist for having two starting Quarterbacks on the same team: Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.  Without focusing much time on the battle for the starting Quarterback job, I find it interesting that Hanzus claims that a “taboo-viewpoint” may exist when other teammates or coaches are asked about the situation. This seems to say, that discussing the truth of the situation is, possibly for lack of a better word, off limits. Or at the very least, the media/players/coaches may make this seem the case, almost will it to be the case. A subject that will be touched upon, asked about, but always tied to avoidance.

Go here to read the article:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82ac943d/article/dbrickashaw-ferguson-says-jets-have-greatness?module=HP11_headline_stack 

Anyway, this article made me wonder if not all taboo is universal in its appeal? Its appeal is to hide the truth. Going back to homosexuality, there seems to be a link between keeping people in the “closet” and refraining from allowing them to “come out” and thus show the truth.

Although this is a simplified reason behind some of the taboo of homosexuality, I think it is important to think about the issue of truth (more particularly hiding the truth) and taboo.

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Yesterday, journalist and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper decided to tell the world that he is homosexual. Regardless where one is on the issue of homosexuality, it seems that more and more “stars” are deciding to declare their sexual orientation. And as more and more celebrities do this, it only makes sense that the controversy surrounding this issue will begin to breakdown.

Although issues of homosexuality and especially gay marriage have been very relevant topics recently, it seems necessary to think of two things: first, that homosexuality has been both promoted and denounced throughout history. For the Greeks, sexual relationships between men were not as much of a taboo topic.

In fact, the Greeks went as far as to put relationships of man-man/boy at the top of all sexual unions. The “highest value” of sexual relationships among human beings goes as follows: 1) man-man/boy (leads to sexual pleasure and political activism) 2) man-woman (leads to procreation) 3) woman-woman relationships (leads only to sexual pleasure).[1]

Second, it is interesting that the 21th century has flipped these two relationships, giving a higher status to woman-woman relationships rather than man-man/boy. Actually, the man-boy relationship has become completely unacceptable, whereas lesbian relationships seem almost more acceptable as compared to man-man relationships. Katy Perry’s chart-topping song “I Kissed A Girl” further proves this point. I doubt that a song entitled “I kissed a Boy” would have come close to the sales of “I Kissed A Girl.” Though this issue is more for the realm of sociology, and needs to be investigated more in depth.

Nevertheless, as I see the taboo of homosexuality eventually once again falling, so much so that eventually we may lean toward a society of sexual freedom. Yet just as sexual freedom has its advantages, for all of us, it will bring along another wave of disadvantages, such as those calling for sexual freedom in regards to bestiality and pedophilia, even though neither of these are on the same moral level as homosexuality.

For those opposing homosexuality, I think it necessary to imagine a world where heterosexuality was taboo. Again, we would find the world in the same place because things are meant to crumble.


[1] Yves Bonnefoy, Mythologies, trans. Wendy Doniger (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1991), 470.