Rose McGowan

She’s a witch! Burn her!

US Actress Rose McGowan at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

Image: US Actress Rose McGowan at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Author: gdcgraphics, courtesy of Wikimedia. Uploaded: 1 Sep 2008. License: Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0.

Whether the young actress has studied the history and scope of the LGBT movement(s) in depth or not, her observation* is very astute.

The shift in focus of large parts of the gay rights struggle which followed the death wave of the eighties and nineties, and has been exacerbated by the general conservative reaction and economization of society during the last decades has swayed the focus of LGBT struggle away from forming a new society in which structural inequalities are broken down and eliminated to a movement that now stresses non-heterosexuals becoming accepted in already existing structures like the military, traditional “marriage”, and commerce.
Those who have benefited most from this albeit very effective strategy have been well-off gay men. Issues of greater interest to the rest have indeed take a back seat, and are only half-heartedly, and sporadically addressed by much of the current gay male dominated movement. The means put into the push for “gay marriage” dwarf any other concerns that might be of interest to non-middle-class non-men: reproductive rights, adequate, accessible health-care, affordable, high-quality education and child care, equal pay, racism, migration laws, … to name just a few.

In addition, the double-income-no-kids phenomenon for which gay men seem predestined (in stark contrast to lesbians and other women) has made gay men interesting for the commodities, and service industries, who have been instrumental in bringing about acceptance for healthy, able-bodied, high-income gay men, who have in turn eagerly accepted their role as the perfect consumers. The images put forth by these industries seldom transport a message of empathy, solidarity and moderation.

Furthermore, for reasons I can only surmise, the general tenor of contemporary gay male “sub-“culture is very much caught–up in traditional gender stereotypes. Being traditionally “masculine” entails per definition a strict differentiation from non-men, and yes, “misogyny”. To be a “real guy” you cannot be like a “girl” in any way.

She is right.

ps.: And as to all of the righteous outrage against the legal system of Brunei, or wack-o anti-gay laws in Russia and who knows where all else, i resent being used as a red cloth to provoke pious folks around the world, or as a litmus test for Western-style liberal-mindedness. All of a great sudden people who begrudged me the saliva to spit on me twenty years ago are championing my rights for me. Whence this miraculous change of heart?

* Selby, Jenn: "Rose McGowan attacks LGBT community for failing to campaign for feminism: ‘Gay men are more misogynistic than straight men’". In: (news, people). Published: 05 Nov 2014. URL: Last viewed: 06 Nov 2014.