The Thinking 

Our Military Forces

December 22, 2011


The Virginian Pilot, Brian J. Clark

Photo by Brian J. Clark, The Virginian Pilot

AS reported by the Associated Press:

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings – one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

Notice the way this couple is imitating a man and woman, with the one on the left playing the dominant male and the other the submissive female. They are playing roles. This is theater. So why not be real women instead? Wouldn’t it make life simpler?

The answer to this question is that it is no longer fully acceptable to be a real man or a real woman. But it is acceptable to play a real man or a real woman.

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