So gay marriage is legal in the US now. Yay, right?
All people who love each other can finally get married, whatever their sexual orientation. Time to celebr…oh:
Right, I forgot. Gay marriage will ruin traditional marriage. Of course. We all know that “marriage” is a finite resource, and now that gays will start using it up, there’ll soon be nothing left for everyone else.
“But if anyone can get married, my straight marriage will no longer mean what it used to mean!”
Wait…did you get married to show your love and loyalty to your partner or to win some kind of “traditional marriage” bingo? Your marriage is just as strong or just as weak as it was yesterday. If your marriage is easily ruined by gay people getting married, maybe they’re not the problem. Being straight is not an achievement. You don’t get to wear that fact as a badge of honor.
“But gay marriage is not how we’re used to doing things!”
I see. Because if we have learned anything from centuries of human progress, it’s that our society always stays exactly the same and never, ever changes. Which is why you’re currently reading this inside your cave by the decomposing carcass of a mammoth your tribe has stoned to death an hour ago.
My point is this: If your only argument against something boils down to “I’m not used to this concept, and change scares me,” I’m sorry, but you don’t really have a strong case.
And then I opened my Facebook earlier today to see this:
Granted, the poster originally published the photo in early April, so his intention was not to comment on the Supreme Court ruling. But here are some recent comments on that post:
See? Gay people didn’t just want equal marriage rights. There’s been a secret gay agenda all along, which involved sneakily replacing all crosses with rainbows and repainting history with skittles. Or something. I don’t know, I didn’t get the memo.
While the above examples are some of the more extreme, the general consensus in the comments is that 1956 was a much better time for all of us, but then the liberals came and fucked everything up with their political correctness and “progressive” thinking. There’s mass nostalgia for an innocent time long gone.
That’s interesting. Wanna see another photo from 1956? Because here’s one:
Ah, the good old days, when one could freely write “We don’t like negroes” and threaten to burn them without the fear of being persecuted by those politically correct liberals. In January that same year, Martin Luther King, Jr’s home was bombed, but at least we could display crosses on buildings for Easter.
If you went back to 1956, you’d likely die 10 years earlier than you would now (average US life expectancy, 1955: 69.6 years, 2015: 79.12 years), but you wouldn’t have to worry about there being any gay rainbows at your premature funeral.
If you’re going to reminisce about the past, it’s only fair to remember the awful stuff along with the good stuff. Otherwise, you’re doing a disservice to your own argument while also shitting on all human progress that’s happened since. Women getting the right to vote is part of that progress. Different races being seen as equals is part of that progress. Gay couples getting the right to marry each other is part of that progress. You can accept that and rejoice over the fact that we’re all gradually becoming more tolerant and accepting of one another.
Or you could be one of these people:
The choice is yours.
6 thoughts on “Fuck off with your selective nostalgia”
Years ago I worked in a psychiatric hospital where patients were allowed to smoke inside the building. As forces worked to ban smoking inside, the outcry among the staff was strangely weird and passionate. They argued that the patients would get worse and rebel, that chaos would reign. Take away their cigarettes? How could we even think of it?
After the change was made, patients who had privileges simply smoked outside. The world did not end. And the patients simply had to adhere to the same set of rules already in place in the rest of society.
And I hope my comment isn’t one of those replies that make no sense to your brilliant blog…. Oh well.
So you’re saying making a slight adjustment to the way we’re used to doing things is NOT the literal end of days?! I’m shocked by this new information. Shocked!
Change is so threatening to some people. I can’t imagine the amount of energy it must take to continue to buck anything that challenges a person’s status quo. Think of the good they could do with that energy; the problems they could solve. And while they’re at it, they could use some of that energy to clean my house.
That’s right:You should stand up for your right to have a clean house! They have threatened your house’s cleanliness for way too long. This kind of shenanigans wouldn’t fly in the stone age. Mainly because there were no houses back then, but you get my point.
Well, those caves won’t clean themselves…