A kiss is just a kiss... or is it really?
APress front- page photo of two men kissing inspired such a rush of commenters, it was almost front- page news in itself.
“Why is it that public displays of same- sex affection still bother people?”
It does not bother me. I have no problem with it. How would people react if two men were fighting in public? Would that be more acceptable behaviour?
What if it was two women displaying affection in public? Would that me more acceptable? If two people are happy, good on them, leave them alone, who is it really hurting?
Great news! About time homophobia was studied in depth, however I am sure it will have a lot to do with right- wing Christians... just saying...
“Karen Blair plans to measure how thoughts and feelings inside the brain are subconsciously expressed by the body after seeing a same- sex public display of affection... ”
I support same- sex marriage and have both gay friends and a gay brother, so don’t call me a homophobe. But am I the only one to see something Orwellian in this project? People aren’t free in a democratic society to experience their own emotions, since, according to Blair, they must be prejudiced if they are uncomfortable with public displays of same- sex affection? Better “interventions?” We don’t live in North Korea.
— Jacob Slipetz
I don’t get angry when I see two guys kiss, but it does make me feel uncomfortable. PDAs between guys does make me turn away. I have a few gay friends and we have a good time at social functions. I just don’t want to watch them exchange tongues. But to be honest, if it’s two good- looking girls, then I don’t mind it as much.
I think part of the reason people have more trouble with male- male PDAs is simply that women tend to hug female friends and family as a regular thing, while men usually shake hands or punch each other in the shoulder, and even if they do hug, it’s brief, one- armed and with faces turned away. Female affection has always been more visible, until recently, so it doesn’t seem as out of place when it happens. It’s kind of dumb, but that age- old “men are strong and silent thing” is still colouring things.
I have a gay cousin who is just not a nice guy all around, but I don’t hold “gay” against him. Another one had the sex- change operation. Super nice guy/ gal!! As for the pic, I find it very uncomfortable, probably because it’s uncommon. And please, not in a restaurant! And the same could apply to a male/ female couple. “Get a room already!”
— Senior Lady
I’m not a big fan of public displays by anybody, straight or gay. However, too many people are offended/ disgusted/ outraged by too many things that have no direct impact on their lives.
— Rodney 2
Yes, I find this picture uncomfortable. Why? Because I personally don’t identify with kissing a man, and when I think of doing that I find it somewhat repugnant. If it were lesbians, I’d be OK with it, because I can identify with kissing a woman. I would imagine a heterosexual woman would feel the same way about lesbians kissing as I do gay men.
I am not prejudiced against gays or lesbians, but that doesn’t mean I identify with their romantic leanings. I think it’s OK to feel uncomfortable in someone else’s shoes.
I think the sort of people who get angry about two guys kissing are pretty pathetic, and often not what I would consider decent human beings. It’s sad, really, that people like that feel they have the right to destroy the peace and happiness of the rest of us to satisfy their own irrational fears.
It’s also sad how they slander religion by falsely hiding behind faith to justify their insecure need to hurt others. They may be lying to themselves, but they are certainly lying to us. God chooses to make people gay; denying LGBT people full humanity is skating perilously close to blasphemy.