Perhaps the greatest battle for equality today is the battle for gay rights.
Hearing a friend, a coworker, a relative, or a celebrity saying two words can transform the way you look at them. They say, “I’m gay,” and now you feel compelled to reevaluate the way you look at that person. You might come back to the same place where you started, seeing them just the same as you did before, only now, you know more about them.
This does not always happen.
The story is well-known now. Sometimes it’s a boy, sometimes it’s a girl, but this person feels love in their heart. Sharing that love isn’t enough, they have to tell their friends or their family. Maybe they don’t want to keep secrets from those they care about. Either way, they share a part of themselves and, in return, their loved ones give them sorrow, grief, or hate.
There was a time where this would be the most common story homosexuals would tell, but things are changing. Public views are changing. People realize more and more that gay people aren’t a mythological race, they’re just people like anyone else.
On May 8, 2012, Gallup released a poll showing that a majority of people are supportive of gay marriage. In 1996, when the Defense of Marriage Act was passed, public opinion was noticeably different.
Despite this trend, states are passing new laws all the time to ensure that gay marriage will not be allowed. Most recently, North Carolina passed an amendment to their state constitution defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The same amendment voids civil unions to solidify this stance, regardless of the fact that this element targets heterosexual couples as well. Keeping with the War on Women, this amendment keeps women (or men) from being able to file domestic abuse charges if they aren’t married to a partner living with them.
Groups of people formed to stand with this legislation, calling themselves things like “Vote FOR Marriage NC” or “Protect All NC Families.” I doubt the members of those groups realize the hypocrisy of those titles.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, North Carolina said gays cannot marry or enjoy any benefits of marriage. The reason for this isn’t because homosexuals are terrorists or hate America. The reason gays cannot marry is because someone passed a law. Someone decided what was good for them wasn’t good for someone else. Lawmaker Jim says he likes Sally and that’s ok, but if Jane likes Sally, well, Jim’s going to make sure that’s illegal, even if Sally likes Jane too.
How would you like that? You love someone, you want to swear before God and the United States and everyone that’s important that you love this person. Imagine that person loves you too, feels the same way you do. You both decide you want to devote your lives to each other, a perfect balance, something that feels right by every reasonable measurement you can find.
But you can’t. Someone passed a law saying you can’t get married unless the person you’re going to marry has a different shape between their legs.
And more politicians want to extend this power to a permanent federal status each day.
In the 1965, Malcolm X famously said the following:
We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
During the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X didn’t expect African-Americans to sit idly as the state persecuted them. He meant for them to stand up for their rights and, if that didn’t work, they’d try something else.
Who’s to say gays won’t stand up for their rights in the same way? If that doesn’t work, who’s to say they won’t be willing to try something else?
Because of human biology, they’ll say such a conflict will only last a generation at most.
What they don’t realize is that our technology is practically at a point where our biology doesn’t matter. We have in vitro techniques, but those aren’t the most cutting edge. There are new techniques being developed, turning bone marrow or female embryos into sperm cells, fully capable of fertilizing another woman’s eggs, capable of siring children all without men.
This may not help gay men much, but lesbians victimized by anti-gay and anti-woman legislation would be capable of maintaining themselves in the absence of males.
A society that’s 88% female doesn’t seem implausible with such advances in their arsenal. If there was a war between homosexuals and heterosexuals, would there be any reason for the winners–homosexuals, in Vitamin F–to be merciful to the losers? None, not after decades of persecution. And if laws were passed to outlaw heterosexual marriage in such a society?
Look again at that Gallup graph at the point for 1996. Would that society have any reason to be merciful to gays? If the roles were reversed, would there be any compassion, any mercy?
Our society is, in many ways, still a society that hates gays, and to a degree hates women. In Vitamin F, lesbians, not straight men, hold the power, though with the same ferocity, the same cruelty. In her introductory scene, antagonist and Genetic Security Agent Oriane Panettiere states her belief that, “A male’s purpose is to be naked, quiet, and secrete reproductive fluids.”
Does modern society want a woman’s purpose to be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen?
Does modern society want homosexuals to cease to exist–or die?
These societies don’t just hate the people they persecute, they hate what those people love. And if those are shared ideals, then those ideals will be annihilated. Such is the nature of hate.
Vitamin F will be released on July 12 for Nook and Kindle.