November 23, 2010

Queer Issue: The Feminine Insult

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association recently wrote an article entitled "The Feminization of the Medal of Honor" which angered pretty much everyone who read it, feminists and those who felt that Bryan Fischer had insulted Medal of Honor recipients. Which Fischer pretty much did by using feminization as a pejorative.

Before I get into the larger point I want to make, I am going to point out that I am not sure which is worse, Fisher's grasp on theology or his grasp on basic logic. I can not help but shake the feeling after reading this article that I somehow skipped the part of the Bible where Jesus decided to introduce the Roman Centurions to his "little friend" before mowing them all down in an epic blood bath.

I personally think Fischer needs to put down the X-Box 360 remote and realize that the Medal of Honor is not a video game that can be won by destroying the most lives. Killing people is easy. In this day and age, technology has given us a myriad of ways of doing so without putting ourselves in danger. Killing should not be considered the mark of a hero or proof of masculinity.

However, I'm ignoring the larger point I wanted to get at. While Fischer equates killing and destroying things as marks of manhood, he uses femininity as an insult to imply weakness. This not only insults all women serving in the armed forces, it also begs the question of why the feminine can be used as a sign of weakness to begin with.

What I want to say is this. Just because someone is male, female, or any other gender, does not mean that they are weak or cannot fight or risk it all for a worthy cause. Courage, honor, integrity, and strength are all characteristics that no gender has a monopoly on.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I wasn't sure what was the most warped thing about that article. The sexism definitely stood out to me, but there were so many things that were wrong with it!



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