Jan 30, 2014

Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

Sexuality doesn't exist; it's a Western construct. The human rights framework that we should all love who we love is a solution to a Western problem -- and not a very good one.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. So says Algy Moncrieff, Oscar Wilde’s impure instrument of truth in The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde was as certain about the difficult nature of truth as he was of his own genius and of the need for restraint in home furnishings. He was, as you probably agree, right on all counts …

Oscar Wilde

Wilde would have been pleased with the rustic minimalism in which the middle class now prefers to deck its homes; it seems we finally took his decor advice. Many have failed, however, to understand his explicit advice on the nature of truth.

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19 thoughts on “Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

  1. Catherine Scott

    Loved this. Humans can’t resist turning any old vague tendency into a Thing with a Label. Well maybe that’s westerners with their individualist culture. Helen’s evidence supports that.

    And then there’s wanting to be different anything but ordinary.

    And turning what looks like a stigma into a badge of distinction, as I rediscovered a few months back when I copped an online mobbing from people who apparently see their having had trouble with early literacy as a sign that their brain is different in a way that gives them a unique and special and valuable way of looking at the world. Pigs *rse. They had the common experience of falling foul of the messy English spelling system and really poor ways of teaching reading.

    Off topic except that people love to turn any old thing into a badge of distinction.

  2. Jan Forrester

    SPOT ON. Not only that but various cultures cope with the idea, if not always the reality (we ARE human) of bisexual relationships outside/inside relationships/marriage – and still have children who are loved. Westerners nastily outlawed and have now fetishised a part of human sexuality. Unfortunately this subject brings out the unctuous side of the ABC-sponsored ubiquitous Mr Fry.

  3. Dogs breakfast

    I had often wondered what was discussed in ‘queer studies’. Is ‘raging against not very much at all’ an integral part of the curriculum?

    It’s hard to tell exactly what Ms Razer is most upset about, that Stephen Fry didn’t ask the right questions, or that she doesn’t like Macklemore. Did I miss something.

    Or is it that western culture cyclically creates and then saves the ‘demons’ it creates. Of course it’s true, but what culture is that not true of? Culture is, by definition, conformity, and ultimately demonisation of those who do not conform. Just like people, I suppose. The chief skill for success in western culture, today more than ever, is looking like you are somehow an individual, while assuming complete conformity at every level.

    Interesting comment Ms Scott. I’m not sure the western culture is at all individualistic, although I recognise you may have been saying that ironically. If you had an opinion on how the illiterate, or reading-challenged, re-branding themselves as somehow ‘unique and special and valuable, you will enjoy following some of the discussions re ADHD children, and how gifted they are.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    Stephen Fry came across like a Walt Disney cartoon. Well meaning but hopeless and having brought up the subject to begin with he seemed too diffident to make his points-if he had any.

    He seems to be a nice sort of human being but he managed to get me off-side when he declared (all) women to be disinterested in sex. On the basis that females didn’t lurk in public lavatories waiting to gang-rape men!

    With that kind of reasoning I gave up on him.

  5. klewso

    I can’t understand the fascination for some in car racing – but I wouldn’t dream of trying to convert those so affected (and those with whom they congregate, of similar interest) to normal, no more than they would me, for what I’m “missing”?

  6. 64magpies

    Noooooooooooooo! Lay off Fry Razor, or else!!!!!

  7. Richard

    That Macklemore take-down was on point.

  8. Leroy

    “And one that ignores the many reasons for global persecution of people who perform homosexual acts. Currently in Nigeria, for example, embattled President Goodluck Jonathan is strategically opposing homosexuality as a Western value”

    It the same in Russia at the moment. The recent ABC doco “The Iron Closet” on the use of anti-gay laws as proxy for Nationalism & Anti Western-Liberalism is worth watching.


    On Putin’s Conservative strategy more generally, which this is a part of, see…

    “Vladimir Ilyich Putin, Conservative Icon”
    December 19, 2013

  9. sparky

    My friends from non-Western democracies (did you bother to speak to any)tell me that the acts and relationships exist in their countries as well and to a similar level as Australia, in parallel with marriages. Their countries just don’t like it being spoken about, it makes the cultures of deceit uncomfortable. Just like it does ours.

  10. Avril Hannah-Jones

    People are being imprisoned, beaten up, correctively raped and killed for their sexuality – and Razer is angry at ‘liberals’.

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