By Jonathon Van Maren
It is Pride Month again in North America, and this means many of our mainstream publications turn into relentless promoters of public nudity and sanctimonious bigots nursing a grudge against previous generations. These individuals head onto TV to demand that our political leaders show the appropriate amount of support for the festivals of twerking that encompass large swathes of our biggest cities. Along with the rainbow partying and the fawning media coverage, of course, come some of the stupidest debates that you can imagine. One recurrent argument – and yes, this is now an argument – is whether children should be exposed to the lewd proceedings.
It would seem fairly obvious that events featuring sexually-charged displays would be inappropriate for children. It would also seem obvious, to any fair-minded observer, that the public displays of scantily-clad men in leather bondage gear, floats featuring revellers engaging in simulated sex acts, nude men displaying their genitals, and a wide array of other obviously explicit behaviors should be classified as “sexually-charged.” But in today’s upside-down world where the only blasphemy left is expressing doubts about some jot or tittle of the LGBTQ2S agenda, even pointing out the obvious is considered to be offensive.