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A Sexologist’s Take on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and His Recent Remarks in GQ Magazine

19 Dec

MLBPlayersDuckDynastyEarlier this morning I shared a post, not unlike many other people on Facebook, about Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and his anti-gay remarks in the upcoming January 2014 issue of GQ Magazine. What followed can only be described as a fiery battle of strong opinions. For those who may not aware of what recently transpired, here is a quick recap of his comments.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

And then later in the article-

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

When I first read the article, I simply thought how disappointing. How disappointing that there are still these views and opinions in the world and how disappointing that they are strongly defended and perpetuated by so many. Robertson’s understanding of homosexual lifestyle is completely lacking. He is a product of his environment and probably has no other experience with sexualities other than his own. Homosexuality is more than just sex. While sex can be a pleasurable supplement to someone’s sexuality, it is also important to note that emotion and attraction just a few of the many other aspects that make up someone’s sexuality. Also, homosexuality is not ‘the gateway drug’ to bestiality or multiple partners.

We live in a heteronormative society and when situations like this arise, I think it is important for all of us to reevaluate what we think we know about sexuality. Stereotypes and misinformation only suppress the LGBT community and we as a society cannot think to move forward if we do not address them. I’m not saying that it wasn’t within Robertson’s rights to say what he did, but it should be no surprise to anyone why A&E has taken action against him. We live in a different time now and it is one that is evolving to be inclusive, accepting, and informed.