Your search queries, answered!


One of the fun features of the blog software is that I can see what people were searching for that led them to the site – not who they are, only what was typed into Google that pointed someone here. While it can be pretty amusing to see what people have searched for (“insults for gay men”? Let’s not), it’s also evident that many of them have serious questions about all sorts of subjects, and these are often worth delving into. So, I’ve decided to take a look at a few of these search terms and give them a more personal approach. For a few lucky searchers, I’ll be playing Cha-Cha. Or Siri. Or whatever people are using now. Shall we?

“gay people and straight people arguing video”

To start with, here’s an 11-part series of a debate between former National Organization for Marriage president Maggie Gallagher, and philosophy professor John Corvino, at Oregon State University. Also, see this debate between NOM president Brian Brown and advice columnist Dan Savage. Or, for a little less civility and enlightened discussion, refer to my coverage of a Westboro Baptist Church protest and counter-protest.

“why dont people blame rapists”

Some part of this is the just-world hypothesis, people’s desire to believe that life operates in a fair manner, with positive and negative consequences being distributed only to those who “deserve it”. This does not actually reflect reality, but people often like to think that if they just act in a certain way, they can avoid anything bad happening to them. When something happens which contradicts this notion, such as rape, their idea of a fair world becomes unsettled. It undermines the idea that they’ll be protected from harm as long as they do all the “right” things. But their need for a feeling of perceived safety in the world remains, so, to reinforce their beliefs that have come under attack, they imagine that someone who’s been unfairly victimized has actually been fairly victimized – they must have done something to deserve it.

This phenomenon is complemented by widespread attitudes, across almost all cultures, that men are to some degree helpless to control their desires to have sex with women, and women are therefore responsible for provoking their own rapes if they fail to adhere to some nebulous standard of behavior and attire. Of course, women have been raped everywhere and under all conceivable conditions, regardless of dress, sobriety, occupation or location, and this reveals the underlying constant: that women’s bodies are simply always seen as sexual objects, capable of annihilating men’s ability to resist raping them. For this reason, criticism of women’s conduct as somehow causing men to commit rape essentially amounts to telling them “don’t exist in the world as a woman”. People don’t blame rapists because they think rapists are somehow less responsible, or not responsible at all, for their acts of rape.

“who is it you have chosen over jesus?”

Personally? My family. My acquaintances. My audience. Myself. Pretty much anything, because almost everything has more practical relevance to my day-to-day life in reality than an ancient myth that some people happen to believe is the most important thing ever. And that’s probably why most people who choose other things over Jesus do so. Jesus is not that important – at least not to the majority of the world.

“zinnia jones hair”

I use Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner, followed by Tresemme heat protectant spray and a ceramic flat iron. For color, I use L’Oreal natural black #1 creme.

“should teachers be allowed to tell class they are gay”

Let’s do a little thought exercise. How many times did you hear one of your teachers mention her husband in passing? Most likely a fair few times. Was this ever a problem? No. Yet your teachers were effectively telling their classes that they were straight. What need is there for them to share such personal information? Well, it’s just not a big deal, and nobody takes issue with it. Why should it be a problem? It would be absurd to ask whether these teachers should be “allowed” to let their students ever find out that they have a partner of the opposite sex, because it simply makes no sense to expect them to amputate that entire portion of their lives the moment they walk into the classroom. There’s no reason to treat gay teachers any differently in this regard.

Well, that’s it for this round of search queries. See you next time, and keep on searching!

Comments

  1. says

    Heh. Love the hair answer.

    I’ve been tempted to do a post like this, but a lot of the random queries I get are about rape and can be effectively answered, “No. Really, no.”

  2. Abdul Alhazred says

    “should teachers be allowed to tell class they are gay”

    Thank you.

    I wasn’t googling for it, but I like your answer.

  3. Jenni says

    Oh we use the same shampoo and conditioner :3 I need to start straightening mine though I think, it’s wavy and goes all frizzy when it’s humid out ><

  4. great1american1satan says

    Search queries that lead people to my partner’s
    webcomic, which really isn’t all that racy:
    “monster butts”
    “gay butts”
    “men’s butts”
    “ball gag”
    “cute gay comics”
    “naked dicks”
    “gay dicks”
    “how to flirt”
    “flirting with naked models”
    “fancy lady car”
    “you make me mad”
    “fake dicks”
    “dorky voices”
    “shy nude” (more than once)

    & the winner:
    “is my brother gay?”

    Answer: No, but you are if you clicked on the link.

  5. Brad says

    Now you’re going to get people trying to google random shit and your name to still get a link to the blog. Like I just did.

  6. great1american1satan says

    OK, here’s the comic:

    http://www.borfy.com/Kingfisher/

    It’s not a good page to com in on – it’s a joke comic I made for the comic’s second anniversary, and may be too dependent on knowing the story to land right.

    But if you have the patience to read through it, the comic is super hella dope. I say with absolutely zero objectivity.

  7. Makoto says

    Ah, the two great joys of running a website or blog – the zany queries and the hilarious spam trying to get through filters. Great answers, and it’d be fantastic to see this kind of thing again in the future.

  8. jamessweet says

    There’s no reason to treat gay teachers any differently in this regard.

    I just want to expand on what you said a little bit in that I think a lot of the people who are seriously wondering about the answer to this question are picturing the teacher announcing formally to the class, “Hey kids! I really like to have sex with men!” — which would be equally inappropriate if done by a gay male teacher or a heterosexual female teacher.

    For many people, it’s hard to imagine e.g. a man referring to his husband, and have it just be casual and no big deal. Which I think is why they wind up asking questions like this.

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