July 29, 2010
Dent: "Straight is Better: Why Law and Society May Legitimately Prefer Heterosexuality"
America is embroiled in a culture war over homosexuality. The homosexual movement demands the end of “heteronormativity” -- the social and legal preference for heterosexuality. It insists that “Gay Is Good” -- just as good as heterosexuality. This article presents a defense of heteronormativity; it argues that straight is better. In particular, it argues that naturally conceiving, bearing and raising children is intrinsically good for parents; that it is both intrinsically and instrumentally good for children to be raised by their biological parents who are married to each other; and that traditional marriage is both intrinsically and instrumentally good for women and men. Because of the unique benefits of traditional marriage, it is also beneficial to society. Because of these benefits, society may legitimately favor heterosexuality (e.g., in public education), although it may not punish other forms of sexual behavior that are not harmful.
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Straight is better? Wow.
It's really amazing seeing someone working so hard to argue that one group of people is superior to another group of people.
In the olden days, most folks just called that simple bigotry. Oh wait. They still do.
Posted by: John | Aug 13, 2010 5:36:49 PM
I'm so hopeful that Mr. Dent is thinking of an entire series of such essays.
Male is Better.
Christian is Better.
White is Better.
My goodness. There is just endless potential here to finally get it cleared up about which group of human beings are superior.
Posted by: Cindy | Aug 16, 2010 7:32:31 AM