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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Would you like homophobia with that?

When I'm out on the web crusing feminist blogs, one of the places I always stop is Broadsheet, which almost always has one or two extremely interesting posts. But when I went over there just now to check things out, I was somewhat distressed pissed off to see a post by Joan Walsh that started out like this:

It saddens us at Broadsheet when some readers complain we don't like men. We love men, so many men we don't know where to begin to tell the world about it. But let's start with three who made the world a better place over the weekend: Bruce Springsteen, George Clooney and Stephen Colbert.

I certainly have nothing against Springsteen, Clooney, and Colbert — they're great guys in this magpie's book, too. But Walsh's choice of a 'snappy' lead for her story — responding to criticisms that Broadsheet hates men — is not only lame, but it's homophobic to boot.

Walsh has been around the block a few times so I'm certain that she knows that one of the classic ways that men try to control women is by accusing them of 'not liking men' or, more bluntly, of being lesbians: Women who have strong opinions get told that they're man-haters. Hell, women who have any opinions are man-haters. The lesbian-baiters' goal, of course, is to shift attention away from whatever issue is being discussed over to the supposed sexuality of the woman (or women) involved in the debate. And, sadly, that goal is often achieved.

The thing about lesbian-baiting is that, like many other forms of social control, it works best when the targets of the baiting submit to being controlled. In other words, it's really hard to lesbian-bait a woman who's more concerned about getting out her point of view — or (shudder) actually winning the debate — than she is about whether anyone thinks she's a lesbian.

All of which brings us back to Walsh's story lead: By framing her story in terms of how much Broadsheet likes men, she's giving in to whatever lesbian-baiting emails have been dropping into the Broadsheet mailbox. Admittedly, talking about how much Broadsheet just lurves men isn't the most egregious case of lesbian-baiting the world has ever seen, but the matter-of-factness of its homophobia is a large part of what irks me. Why does the attitude toward men of Broadsheet's women writers matter at all? Would the journalism there be any less credible if the whole staff was a bunch of man-hating lesbians? Or happily married straight women with children? Of course not. Which is why Walsh should have known better than to start off her story with a dose of homosphobia.

By the way, if you don't buy that lesbian-baiting matters — or even that it exists — you might want to download Written Out: How Sexuality Is Used to Attack Women's Organizing (PDF file). This report from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission gives an excellent worldwide and cross-cultural view of how homophobia is used to control women.

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