Posted on | September 27, 2013 | 12 Comments
A basic error at the core of the gay-rights crusade in recent years is what I call the Desire Is Destiny Fallacy, wherein all sexual desires are self-legitimizing — a human right — and any opposition to or criticism of anyone’s desire is an infringement of their personal autonomy.
We are told that everyone is morally obligated to pursue the fulfillment of their wildest personal fantasies, and that it is oppressive to expect them to restrain their appetites. Thus, anyone who feels same-sex attraction but does not act on that attraction is said to be a “closet case,” afflicted with psychological “hang-ups,” a sexual phony who is condemned as a sort of collaborator with the anti-gay regime.
The flaw in this twisted logic becomes apparent when we transfer the paradigm to the sphere of aberrant heterosexual behavior.
Heterosexual perversity involves appetites which, according to the Desire Is Destiny Fallacy, are every bit as “legitimate” as same-sex attraction. Yet who would make excuses for Hugo Schwyzer or Anthony Weiner? Certainly not me, even though their particular interests fall within the same heterosexual category as whatever disorderly impulses may lurk beneath my own blandly normal life. What might any of us do, if there were a powerful political movement urging us to do it, and defending our right to do whatever we wished?
We recognize how the Desire Is Destiny Fallacy — the radical logic of “sexual liberation” embraced by the gay rights movement — leads to disastrous anarchy when we encounter Orlando Shaw, the Nashville man who fathered 22 children by 14 different women.
Bad behavior is a consequence of bad ideas, and Alessandra attempts to contrast “wholesome” sexuality with these bad ideas:
The majority of cases of sexual harassment, molestation, and abuse are perpetrated by people who also have consensual sexual behaviors. It’s the people who claim “they just want to love each other” (LGBTs) or who claim “I just want to have consensual sex” who do a lot of the harm and violence in the sphere of sexuality today. Once a person believes they should pursue any sexual kick that pops up in their minds — because they have labeled everything “normal” — it doesn’t matter to them if they are doing harm, because they no longer care about how deformed and harmful their minds are. They believe any sexual attitude and behavior is legitimate and normal, and this takes precedence over everything else, including the rights of others not to be harmed.