Edited By Timothy K. Nixon
“Homosexuality and Fascism”
Recently, the Soviet Union passed a law making homosexuality a punishable offense. This seems surprising, and one cannot help but wonder how a socialist government can find logical and moral justification for disenfranchising and defaming a certain group of people whose only “crime” consists of a natural predisposition. But that is what has happened. Various difficulties and scandals in the eastern part of the Soviet Union are cited as the reason for the promulgation of this shameful law, against which liberals in central and western European countries have been fighting for decades. However, these political matters (which could have been dealt with differently) are not the real issue. What counts, in my opinion, is a noticeable shift in public opinion. This shift has only in part to do with the ever growing tendency in the Soviet Union to think conservatively and pass harsh judgment about all things sexual—a tendency which can be understood as a reaction to the excessive liberty that has developed in such matters. What really underlies this shift is the suspicion of and aversion to anything homoerotic, which characterizes almost all anti-fascists and socialists today. In fact, they are only a step away from equating homosexuality and fascism. In the face of such absurdity, we can no longer afford to remain silent. We who do our utmost to combat racism ← 1 | 2 → cannot sit idle while a groundless prejudice against a certain sexual preference becomes rampant.
People seem to have forgotten which...
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