... after last week, when the David Campbell ministerial car gay sex club Channel Seven revenge thingy broke in Sydney on the same day that Jason Akermanis 'wrote' a column for the Herald Sun (I mean, really) in Melbourne saying that gay men in footy would make life uncomfortable in the locker room.
One hopes that one's gay friends and acquaintances have been heartened by the public response to both of these things, which has been mainly scornful of both Akermanis and Channel Seven not only in the press but also in the comments threads at the media websites and blogs, usually a sink of Neanderthal sewage. Even Miranda Devine came out defending Campbell, sort of; as one blogger remarked, the day you find yourself agreeing with Miranda Devine is the day you know Channel Seven has done something really, really bad.
But the Akermanis thing has me thinking. Anyone who has ever seen him talking on the teeve knows that Jason Akermanis is pure Id -- no mediating ego or controlling superego, just a direct line from gut to mouth, with similar results to those you get when that route is not a metaphor. It makes for good, occasionally great, football: don't think, just do it. But in this case Aker's subconscious spat forth a notion far more common in, oh, 1950 than it is now: the conviction held by a certain sort of man that everyone who fancies men at all must therefore want to have sex with him personally. It's the same assumption that underlies Tony Abbott's classic 'homosexuality makes me feel threatened', and in both men it seems grounded in and overweening and clearly visible physical vanity combined with a failure (albeit for different reasons) to keep up with the tenor of the times.
Commenting over at Adelaide from Adelaide's blog on the Akermanis thing, it occurred to me that an assumption that everyone wants to have sex with them is probably what lies behind such men's attitude to and treatment of women (looking at you, Wayne Carey) as well. And it explains something that has always puzzled me: the common conviction among men of a certain kind that if a woman wants to have sex with one man, then she wants to have sex with all of them. They believe, apparently, that the sexually active Other, whether female or gay, has no discrimination, just a kind of sexual omnivorousness.
It would certainly explain why Aker and Abbott think that if there are poofters about then they need, in the good old army phrase, to keep their backs to the wall.
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