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The Woke Resurrection of a Gay Sex Panic


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At least Boys Beware! (1961) had a jaunty soundtrack while implying gay men are predators.

What weaklings!!! And this blood moon is a BONUS on top of it all!!!! If I am to be a part of an LGBT community, I want to be in it with people who aren’t so weak or so easily moved ya know. 

-Azealia Banks

First, they came for Glenn Greenwald. Twice, actually. The first attempt at “cancellation” was made by Naomi LaChance in June of 2020 when the Splinter News journalist tweeted a barrage of insults about the supposed “hebephile” tendencies of the Intercept editor. The apparent basis for this was that Greenwald’s Brazilian husband, Representative David Miranda of the socialist PSOL party, had been 19 when the two met, and Greenwald was 37. She and others also suggested that there was a “leverage of power” on the part of the journalist as a wealthy American in Brazil, painting him as a globetrotting pervert traveling around, exploiting the working-class twinks of the third world, implicitly promoting a bizarre form of class-based anti-miscegenation. The nearly exact same controversy was revived a month later when Luke O’Neill, author of the Hellworld Substack, also attacked Greenwald, referring to Greenwald’s husband—now 35 years old and a sitting congressman—as his “child bride.” (O’Neill’s account has since been locked and his tweets are now protected). 

However, the most recent attacks on alleged “gay predators” have been directed at Alex Morse, the 31-year-old, openly gay mayor of  Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the left-wing primary challenger to Rep. Richard Neal in Massachusetts’s 1st U.S. congressional district. According to The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, which initially reported the story, a letter signed by College Democrats of Massachusetts, U-Mass.-Amherst Democrats and Amherst College Democrats alleged that while Morse was a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he had consensual sex with students of the university, albeit none of whom were in his classes. Specifically, it was alleged that: 

“We have heard countless stories of Morse adding students to his ‘Close Friends Story’ and Direct Messaging members of College Democrats on Instagram in a way that makes these students feel pressured to respond due to his status. Even if these scenarios are mutually consensual, the pattern of Morse using his platform and taking advantage of his position of power for romantic or sexual gain, specifically toward young students, is unacceptable.”

This, along with the pearl-clutching allegation that “He matched with students as young as eighteen on Tinder and Grindr.”

Of course, none of these allegations—nor the coverage surrounding them—acknowledge the reality that these poor fragile 18 year-olds had to also “swipe right” on Morse’s profile to have matched with him on Tinder, that the legal age of consent in Massachusetts is 16, and that 18 year-olds are adults before the law in every aspect that doesn’t involve buying a beer. Nor do they acknowledge that although students in the College Democrats might well be considered innocent children until the age of 25 by their overbearing middle-class parents and the coddling university bureaucracy, the United States military is more than willing to ship a recent high school graduate from the working class off to be used as cannon fodder in Afghanistan. There is something very odd about a worldview that suggests someone might be mature enough to fight in an endless imperial war but simultaneously not mature enough to opt into casual sex with a small-town mayor. 

Of course, it may be at least partially a political hit—political scandals rarely form in a vacuum—as FEC filings clearly show that the College Democrats had financially supported Morse’s opponent’s campaign. 

More importantly, though, is what the cases of Greenwald and Morse have in common: First and foremost, they are character assassinations from below, perpetrated by less successful aspiring careerists in elite fields. Second, it is the wrongheaded application of HR policies to people’s personal lives, yet another part of the creeping corporatization of everyday human life. Unsurprisingly, it is being perpetuated by those within the professional-managerial class, a class which contains more than its fair share of anti-socials who are single-mindedly obsessed with their own work and see it as inextricable from their personal lives, the type of people who have colleagues instead of friends and network instead of hanging out. After all, if you never really clock out, why should the rules of HR ever stop applying?  Finally, it is the construction—or rather, the reconstruction—of the oldest of homophobic stereotypes: the predatory older gay man. 

In 1964, the state legislature of my adopted home state adopted a report titled “Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida,” otherwise known as the “Purple Pamphlet.” It explicitly cast homosexuals as coercive, insatiable perverts who inserted themselves into situations where they could have sexual access to young men. The pamphlet was filled with erotic photography and lists of terminology, and cruising techniques designed to both terrify straight Floridians and help them better identify and root out the homosexuals in their own communities. In effect, the Florida State Legislature had created a gay porno magazine complete with cruising tips and tricks, and—in true homosexual fashion—it was purchased ironically by gay men all across the country. 

But old habits die hard, and like the reactionaries of yesteryear, straight liberals today cannot seem to hide their utter shock and contempt when it comes to the dating and sexual habits of gay men. Lots of 19-year-old gay men date older guys, and some even enjoy the experience so much that they end up in a happy and successful marriage, complete with children and what can only be described as a dog ranch. The “allegations” against Alex Morse, namely, that he—then 29 years old—direct messaged college students 5-10 years his junior on Tinder and Grindr, added them to his “close friends story” on Instagram, and maybe had sex with some of them with their cooperation and consent—nobody has alleged otherwise—are so banal and commonplace among gay men that it is difficult to see how the mayor has been accused of anything apart from being a completely typical gay man in America. 

Of course, this cannot all be chalked up to the homophobia of straight people (or the occasional bisexual woman, in the case of LaChance) given that a handful of gay men have performatively joined in on the dogpile. This is part of a new and particular psychosis, set into motion by the assimilation of gay men into polite society, which culminated with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. For a particular class of gay men born into this era, the goal seems now to be—at least when others are looking—to eschew casual sex and only date within one’s economic class and age cohort, supposedly because of some radical naval gazing about power dynamics. In reality, it is nothing more than a way to preserve the rigid, conservative, petit-bourgeois social values in which they were raised. You wouldn’t want to make mother uncomfortable, would you? As for this lot, if any of you are reading, I have nothing else to say except that I hope your Robin D’Angelo-reading colleagues can rest assured, knowing now that they’re dealing with “one of the good ones.” 

For the rest of you, I’ll see you on Grindr, boys. 

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