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Hypocritical Tendencies

May 15, 2010

What business do we have querying Kagan’s sexuality? I thought we believed in not asking and not telling…

This is ridiculous. As a nation whose governing laws imply it’s easiest when gays and lesbians remain closeted, what business is it of ours to obsess over the entirely unfounded claims of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s supposed lesbianism?

It’s not, and we must stop. The claims are as unsubstantiated as theories of President Obama not being born in the United States, and we never questioned… oh, wait

In all seriousness, though, the intense scrutiny faced by Kagan concerning her sexuality is a sad reflection of our nation’s priorities and mindset. Instead of analyzing Kagan’s legal writings to determine the type of judge she’ll be, the mainstream media is devoting the majority of its coverage to the reiteration of lesbian claims. Like the claim that somehow the unearthed 1993 photograph of Kagan playing softball provides clues to her sexuality. Many pundits are synthesizing the claims as products of her being a single, 50-year-old woman; something rarely seen in the political world.

Authoritative figures, from President Obama to former governor Eliot Spitzer, have been vocal in their insistence that Kagan is heterosexual. Even so, the rumors persist.

As the baton passes from the White House to the Senate, I sincerely hope that our elected officials delay no time in confirming Kagan, and especially hope that not a single second is spent questioning her sexuality. Honestly, who cares if she is heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual? Such a question has become almost redundant (everyone cares), but it begs a serious answer. Are our nation’s priorities so misaligned, and our thinking so flawed, that we believe a judge’s sexuality will determine her jurisprudence?

They are. And it’s high time we get our priorities back in order. I, for one, take no issue with a judge’s sexual preferences, as long as he or she is entirely qualified for the job. Which Elena Kagan most certainly is- regardless of whether or not she stepped on a softball field seventeen years ago.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2010 7:59 pm

    Discussions of Kagan’s sexuality are most often rooted in the typical projection that is exemplified by many right wingers. The party that campaigns on a platform of justice, liberty, and “family values” is most often found to support secret tribunals, illegal wiretaps, and to engage in the very behaviors they purport to despise. Even if the frequency of such behavior is no more often, or even less often, than that of the loyal opposition, as you and many others have pointed out, “it’s the hypocrisy, stupid”. I’ve never understood why non-mainstream sexual orientation works its way into discussions where heterosexuality isn’t even considered germaine to the topic.

  2. May 16, 2010 9:44 am

    Simon, republicans are hypocrites. The reason why nothing ever gets done when they’re in power is because they’re too busy labeling others and pointing fingers of blame towards everyone else.

    Kagan’s sexuality has nothing to do with anything (same goes for our soldiers!), but this won’t stop the right wing hypocrites from making an issue of it.

  3. Kittymama permalink
    May 17, 2010 12:12 am

    I don’t know whether anyone adheres to it any more, but there used to be this theory that if someone in possession of confidential information was gay and closeted, it gave “enemies” leverage to blackmail that person and acquire the information. Considering that most of us would prefer to be out, I’d say that’s a dead horse. It also makes me think of Peter Parker vowing not to have any loved ones because they’d be endangered. You know what, paranoia-mongers? We’re all endangered by your antics. Right now.

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