Deathstyle

The following are the front and back covers of a 204 page comic book that aims to fairly deal with and educate people about homosexuality. The book is from 1986 when not much was public knowledge and the images contained within opened people’s eyes to the truth behind the seemingly normal and acceptable gay lifestyle.

I’m sure you can already tell from the endorsements on the back cover (click for a larger image) just what sort of book this is going to be but lets take a while before judging this and consider that some of these allegations must be based in fact or the book would never have been published.

Already they’re starting on a fair tack by pointing out that sodomy, like vaginal sex, is a learned habit and not something people do on their own. They even point out that the fear and judgement that goes hand in hand with being raised in devout families is likely to terrify a child into not showing his or her true sexual orientations. So at least they’re being fair there. Maybe this book wont be so bad.

They really are being fair here, and quite scientific too. Who would have thought that a first sexual encounter would colour the other ones? I have to admit that I’m surprised by the numbers. 15% of women are so bad in bed that they drive a man to homosexuality while only 4% of men are bad enough in bed to drive men to heterosexuality. Amazing.

Gays handling food??? Wont somebody think of the children!!! Seriously, did guys in the 80s not wash after sex and expect gays to be exactly the same or something? Maybe it’s just the chubby fellow in the comic?

One has to wonder exactly where this information is coming from at this point.

That’s right folks, kissing is yucky! It’s only harmful and damaging when it’s between two men though, due to the fact that men explode when they kiss. This message brought to you by Heterosexuals Living In Fear.

The fat guy spends a hell of a lot of the book bent over with his head trapped in a trash can. This only ever seems to occur when a graphic, and usually exaggerated to terrifying proportions, description of anal penetration has found its way into the book.

See? He’s obviously getting turned on by this stuff and hoping one of these passing sodomites (the ones he has been taught will leap onto any bent over ass and start penetrating) will take him. If only he’d been educated and knew that a gay relationship, much like a straight one, will only begin if he is able to make a connection with another person and have a pleasant enough personality (you fell short there fatso) to make them want to make love with you.

Was that a broom? A freaking broom? How on earth can anyone be gay when it means you have a broom shoved up your ass? Perverts, the lot of them if that’s what they all get up to. It usually isn’t, of course, but people didn’t know any better back then and would believe these outrageous portrayals of anything that was new and scary to them.

Hey, I’ve heard of those. That’s where one partner (of any gender) pees on another partner (of any gender) for some sort of sexual thrill. Obviously it’s a power game and it’s well known that women prefer to be the ones peeing on men (at least during the 80s when this book was written), which I assume has something to do with the still present inequality between the genders back then. I’ve never done it myself as it seems yucky (like fatty here finds kissing) and I don’t quite understand what it’s doing in a book about exclusively homosexual practices such as anal sex and kissing.

Wait, so you’re saying that only gay guys do this? Wow, I did not know that. I’d been mistakenly assuming that the disgusting things about sex were equally shared between homosexual and heterosexual relationships. I’d honestly never even heard of multiple partners engaging in these rain parties or whatever they’re called.

See, the problem there is that they’ve defined what is a gay practice beforehand and applied this as a label to things they don’t like. These practices were probably found in straight couples too (and the numbers seem about right for that) yet they had already been labelled as gay practices and therefore the percentages work against the gay community exclusively. It probably wont shock readers that the next chapter in the book deals with the connection between gays and AIDS and that there is an equally fictitious “fact-filled” chapter dealing with the connection between gays and child molestation (again they classify it as a gay practice and therefore find it is a 100% gay activity due to this classification).

This is what the 80s were like, full of fear and misunderstanding of new things and plenty of ignorant people willing to cash in on that fear and misunderstanding under the guise of educating people. Very few of us ever looked deeper than what we were being told. Fewer still became enlightened, able to view the world without it being coloured by filth such as this that was thrown at us all the time, and kissing is still yucky (and potentially explosive) for those who got left behind.

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15 thoughts on “Deathstyle

  1. Open-mouth kissing another man is definitely 'yucky' for me! But I would also expect that a homosexual man might find open-mouth kissing a woman as 'yucky'. :rolleyes:.I note that on one of those pages that fail to spell the word 'sergeant' correctly! That's a grade two spelling mistake! :doh:.What always gets me is how people are so hung-up about homosexuallity that they try to fit everyone under only two label. (i.e. 'gay' or 'straight')What about those men who consider themselve hetrosexual, yet engage in sexual acts with other men? (kissing and fondeling is usually not part of that scene)Then there are bisexual men who are ostracized by both homosexuals and hetrosexuals alike! (bisexual women are often more readily accepted for some reason)I don't condone homosexual behaviour, but I don't believe that it's my place to judge something I can't understand! If I want people to accept my own lifestyle choices, then surely I'm obliged to accept the lifestyle choices of others? :left:.

  2. I've seen it the opposite way with bisexual women pushed aside by both groups, as they somehow feel they get preferential treatment. Weirdness.

  3. Originally posted by FlaRin:

    but I don't understand why

    1) Previously unheard of (except in those circles that are keeping it unheard of for a good reason) thing starts to come into the light more.

    2) People are afraid of this "new thing" (it will always be this new thing even if it has been around for hundreds or thousands of years as it is new to them) and begin to hate it for making them afraid.

    3) Some people start to become enamoured by the new thing as more details of it come to light and they begin to romanticise it beyond what it actually is.

    4) Those from step 2 who are still afraid and hateful step up to stop those people who are becoming enamoured with it, rightly seeing them as seduced by something new but wrongly assuming that was the aim of the new thing (or practitioners thereof) all along.

    5) As details are still scarce about the new thing (in the internet age this line can be replaced with "As people are fundamentally lazy and wont go beyond a casual web search and whatever the first site that brings up for them when interested in something new") people with just as little real knowledge on a subject as the rest of us, but enough salesmanship to convince people otherwise step forward to educate us on the new thing with a mixture of rumour, fact, twisted half-truths and things that "seem like they would be a part of that".

    6) Those who wish to know about the new thing buy the information from those who claim to be teaching them about it. More people step up with their own versions of "the truth" (a concept so shifted by now that it needs its own guide to what it actually is) and the consumer becomes confused by all the conflicting accounts. The main way for the consumer to tell which are the more likely truths in this deluge of information is to check if the people endorsing the books are those they have come to trust over the years anyway. Unfortunately these trusted sources who the majority would rather turn to for information are almost universally the scared people from stage 2 and more likely to endorse anything that shows the new thing in a bad light, whether this is true or not.

    7) The saddest stage of all occurs somewhere between stage 6 and the actual truth coming out. This is the stage where some people who are a part of the new thing (whether practitioners of or born as) begin to believe the bad publicity given to them and use it as a guide for how they are meant to behave, again trusting those authorities who endorsed the books.

    8) The world reaches a stage where more than 80% knows the truth about the new thing, even if that truth has been mildly warped by the tragic certainty of stage 7, and will shout down or laugh at anyone trying to change their minds. Those who hate become insidious in their attacks, trying to hide their true feelings while getting us to see what they perceive as the truth.
    Fear, greed, even a little of people thinking they know more than they do. The comic book above quotes a previous book from the 70s that honestly tried to give a fair view of gay culture but mixed as much gossip as fact (every gay going to a bath house and just lying there waiting for gays to have their way with them being one example) into the picture it painted. Common sense tells us that very very few people would have ever done that, yet even the most fair author had the general problem of seeing this new sub-sect of humanity as something completely alien as they couldn't understand it and as a result they weren't subject to the rules we apply to other human behaviours in common sense.

  4. I understand *what* is happening in this instance – the demonisation and vilification of the Gay community, if I may refer to those of our brothers and sisters in that way – but I don't understand why. Is it the same reasoning as is behind why some white people hate blackbrown people? Why one race traditionally hates another?(I realise that 'reasoning' is exactly the wrong word, but you know what I mean, I hope).It seems all very tribal, to me – 'our' tribe vs 'your' tribe. Is that what it is??? Is there some subliminally perceived threat, or do some people just *have* to have someone to hate?\edit : Oh yeah. And as for the 'practices' – well, love is love, isn't it (not a question). If a dude and dudette want to do <anything> between themselves, which enhances their mutual enjoyment of their relationship, then what, pray, is fucking wrong with that? Nothing wrong with that at all, is the fucking answer. And I chose my words deliberately.

  5. Originally posted by Mik:

    2) People are afraid of this "new thing" (it will always be this new thing even if it has been around for hundreds or thousands of years as it is new to them) and begin to hate it for making them afraid.

    …Yes – that's what I'm trying to unravel, I think – why the fear?

  6. Originally posted by Mik:

    "the truth" (a concept so shifted by now that it needs its own guide to what it actually is)

    And *that* is a very insightful and telling remark.'The Truth'. 2 words by now so bastardised as to be, for all intents and purposes, totally untrustworthy, if not completely meaningless, to everyone except the individual who utters them.The more I think about the real deal behind all of this, the more I think that Fear of the unknown is a major contributor. Fear of anything different is a big thing for a lot of people, and it certainly goes hand-in-hand with personal insecurity – psychological andor social. I still can't quite grasp why sexual preference is a factor though. An obviously 'straight' dude generally isn't going to seriously be approached by a gay dude with seduction in mind. Does the 'straight' dude feel offended by that? I still don't understand what 'the threat' is. I do understand the salesmanship part of it all, the need to be justified in one's feelings, and the selling of those feelings to others, thus bolstering one's own self-image. I *can* understand that.I appreciate your stages 1 to 7 – but I think there's an underlying broader fundamental element of….what? Is it fear? Opposition to somethinganything that is outside the experience or ken of (for the lack of any other term) the bigot? There is often, in social groups, a shared fundamental opposition to, or rejection of, *something* – another country, a football team, a different colour or race, or indeed, an alternative sexual preferenceorientation. And people in general feel safer, more secure in groups.Still trying to smack the thought around and get to the bottom of it. And that remark sounded so much better in my head – sorry.

  7. Oh, fear is easy, and very very human. Think about what we're instinctively afraid of, what all children suffer through at some point – imagined monsters and the all encompassing darkness. These things may be seemingly unrelated problems both in their childhood and adult incarnations but they all come from that one basic fear we all have because those particular fears make it more apparent. We're afraid of being alone, either completely alone, abandoned or left in a situation we can't handle with no-one to help us. This is as true of the biggest thug you've ever met as it is the smallest child. At the end of the day we're all terrified of being alone in the world, no matter how vehemently some of us may deny that fact. That denial itself is a coping mechanism designed to comfort the denier, something akin to a child screwing up their eyes and repeating "There's no such thing as monsters" over and over.Part of this fear of being alone is a fear of being left behind. For the child this is the typical department store story where the child wanders off and can't find their parents. For the adult it's the constantly rolling technological era that makes them most afraid. What if they get to the stage where they don't understand something? What if they embarrass themselves with their age and misunderstanding the new thing? What if they happily eat the thing and it turns out to be a modern pair of y-fronts or something equally ridiculous? The same thing applies on an ethical and moral level too. What if this becomes the norm and I'm left out because I'm not into it? What if I don't fit in?"What if I don't fit in?" Now there's a question that has been responsible for so many of humanities woes. So many people are standing ready to take advantage of that one fundamental fear, a fear made worse for so many by the ever apparent fact that no-one truly fits in. How many problems have we created for ourselves as an answer to that fear? How many lives have been ruined? No-one can tell for sure, yet it plagues all of us everyday until that moment arrives that we find ourselves free of it. That is the moment when the Furie in each person rises.;)

  8. Originally posted by Mik:

    If only he'd been educated and knew that a gay relationship, much like a straight one, will only begin if he is able to make a connection with another person and have a pleasant enough personality to make them want to make love with you.

    I think this pretty much sum up what homophobia is about. I've heard so many men go 'I'll hurt him if he makes a pass at me'! I mean, come on – don't flatter yourself! And if someone makes a pass at you, male or female, and you're not interested, just say so. It's not harder than that, really. A simple 'Thanks for the compliment, but I'm not interested' will do. :up:

  9. Superbly reserached factual content. Oh, indeed. :left: As long as we talk about fear – how scary this is book? Ironically (or perhaps not so ironically), I fear people like that.I'm actually surprised it came in the 80's as I thought we were all free minded people back then.I'm also amazingly surprised that one of the 12 arrested homosexuals was a dishwasher. How the hell do you have sexual intercourse with that?

  10. Originally posted by Zaphira:

    And if someone makes a pass at you, male or female, and you're not interested, just say so. It's not harder than that, really.

    That's where misinformation comes in. One person with a pretty obvious mental illness becomes obsessed with being taken against their will by someone of the same gender (no doubt helped along by horror stories and those very few actual happenings). Now this person is in a position of authority to the point that they can pass this fear onto others as a valid thing. Either that or they are surrounded by like-minded people, and that becomes the start of a movement. What common sense should tell us goes out the window in order to allow the fear in. It's insidious really.Originally posted by Cois:

    Can't do that here.

    Dan's not here anymore. You're safe. :rolleyes:Originally posted by rose-marie:

    As long as we talk about fear – how scary this is book? Ironically (or perhaps not so ironically), I fear people like that.

    Totally agree with you. Partially I feel sorry for them, but when the bile and poison starts spewing out and destroying people's lives then I wash my hands of them. I'd optimistically say they're a dying breed, but it's simply more likely that the thing they fear has become more socially acceptable and other things will feel their wrath as time goes on. I know I have limits, but I'd like to think I argue with facts rather than ill informed bile. Still, my facts come from the web mostly (or are at least backed up through it) so one has to wonder where the difference is.Originally posted by rose-marie:

    How the hell do you have sexual intercourse with that?

    You owe me a cup of coffee. 😡

  11. *fetches a cuppa from the lab* Here you go :up:I know what you mean about feeling sorry for them. I do that up to a certain point as well. I mean, when it's clearly uneducated people, brainwashed cult members, children born into misinformation – that sort of thing. But adults with every chance of getting the real information… I too wash my hands.

  12. After reading all the post all I could think of what "Dick Hafer? Seriously? That can't the author's real name – it's one letter away from Dick Chafer". But it's real :eyes:

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