In Which We Reveal Our Ignorance
Episode 8

In Which We Reveal The Right Way To Be American

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Kaarin Lanyi, Dylan Thuras, Stephen Bruckert, and special guest Jeff Cee discuss the new CEO of Atlas Obscura, sucking the snot out of babies noses, stand-up comedy, old-school Aziz Ansari, the films of Damien Chazelle, ebola, and American identity. Also the world premiere of Slam The News. 

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  • Ryan Gatts

    I feel like you guys lost an interesting thread with respect to whether the dissolution of gay culture as homosexuals (men especially) become more accepted by the US at large is good. For the record; I'm of the opinion that this is a fundamentally good and useful thing. The association of homosexuality with leather and HIV and rainbow flags and lisps prevents people from acknowledging or exploring sexuality because they don't identify with the culture and various cultural signifiers. Really, the only thing that makes a person homosexual is having sex with someone else of the same sex (and intending to do so in the future).

    The dissolution of gay culture may seem vaguely related to the dissolution of culture in immigrants and visually distinct racial groups, but it has one very important difference: gay people are born and raised by families that are usually not also gay. In contrast, black skin is passed from parent to child just as "black culture" would be. This makes them fundamentally incomparable.

    The dynamic of various minority cultures disappearing as their minority feature becomes more accepted by the mainstream is similar -- but only superficially. Let's not over-conflate genes and memes. I, personally, look forward to the end of pride parades and the like once they have lived out their utility. The end of gay culture would be a sign that homosexuality is accepted to the point that homosexuals don't need that safety net and they can explore definitions of themselves less immediately tied to their sexual preferences.