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CONNECTIONS is the monthly magazine for Gay
and men in Austin and Texas. We
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articles, fiction, poetry, letters, line
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Articles - Brannon Duane, William French,
Wayde Frey, Charles Gillis,
Keith Mastalio, Jim Olinger
Photographs - Carr Strong
Publications - Austin Lambda Newsletter,
ALGPC Newsletter, Dialog
(DGPC), This Week in Texas
CONNECTIONS is published by Gay Community Services
of Austin, a program of the University YWCA/YMCA.
Gay Community Services Coordinating Council
Treasurer Lynn Aday
Office Jae Self
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What is the most serious threat facing gay women
and men today? The Moral Majority? The New Right and
its growing influence in Congress? The increase of
anti-gay violence in our cities? The divisiveness that
exists in our own groups?
If you picked any or all of these evils, you are
partially correct. Each of these is a single aspect of
a much larger threat, a war against sexuality.
It's easy to see the anti-sexual basis of the
campaigns against abortion, pornography, contraception,
sex education and gay rights. I would rather focus on
two cases which are much closer to home.
In October of 1980, the National Organization of
Women passed a resolution clarifying the official NOW
position on "lesbian and gay rights." Pornography,
pederasty, sadomasochism, and public sex were condemned
as being issues of "violence" and/or "exploitation"
which would "violate the feminist principles upon which
this organization is founded." NOW will work only with
groups which "advocate lesbian rights as defined above."
CONNECTIONS recently received the "compliment"
that it is "less sexist than it used to be." The only
specific instance of "sexism" cited was an advertisement using the picture reproduced above. That ad appeared in GAY AUSTIN (our predecessor), not in CONNECTIONS. However, we have no objections to publishing it.
The reasoning in both of these cases seems to be
that any open expression or depiction of sexuality is
some combination of exploitation, violence and sexism.
While much heterosexual pornography does appear to
exploit women, and could conceivably encourage violence
against them, I don't see how this objection applies to
gay male pornography. When two consenting men are depicted having sex, who is being exploited? "It turns
people into sex objects," is a frequent argument. Personally, I ENJOY being a sex object. That's why I wear
those tight pants and work to keep the belly from creeping over the belt. In some sixteen years of sexual consciousness, I have never felt exploited. You cannot
convince me that sexual desire, or pornography which is
intended to arouse it, must inevitably induce violence.
The most frightening word that can be uttered in
gay activist circles is "chicken." Considering the
fearful laws against sex with minors, much of this panic
is understandable. 3ut, does the existence of criminal
sanctions prove that pederasty is "exploitation or violence?" We have known since Freud that sexuality doesn't
neatly begin at age eighteen (twenty-one in some states).
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