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September 05, 2005

Street Parade Zürich 2005

The most dull-witted, vulgar complaint about Gay Pride parades follows the form of "you don't see straight people running around with nipple clamps" or "my wife doesn't dress up in latex and flaunt herself in the street", etc. and so forth. Which begs a simple question: just whose fault is that? Zürich's house and techno parade 2005 offers an inspirational example by way of rebuttal (nsfw, obviously). 2003 and 2004 provide further detail for those who find joined up writing a challenge.

No, for me it is Austria's World Bodypainting Festival that crosses the line. If the Good Lord had wanted women spray-painted in Mozart motifs He would have delivered them pre-wrapped as chocolate gift boxes. And this disco ball accessory might prove tragically conflicting to gay men everywhere. There ought to be a law.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 5, 2005 08:44 AM

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"The most dull-witted, vulgar complaint about Gay Pride parades follows the form of..."

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While I'm all for people celebrating Awfully Good Sex(tm), I would appreciate some discretion on their part. My daughter, who has just turned four, is now old enough to ask embarrassing questions. There are some things I would rather not have to explain to her *just yet*.

Posted by: Sean M. [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 03:20 AM

I don't understand your point. Is your embarrassment supposed to dictate public policy? And is there some pressing appointment you have at Church and Wellesley every year on the same day that means you must shield your daughter's eyes from the drag queens?

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 08:33 AM

If I knew where the pride events were being held, I would avoid them. It's rather unpleasant when you walk into the middle of one without warning. Like when the parade goes right past the front door of your office and you walk out to go to the bank only to be confronted with some guy wearing a leather speedo being whipped by another guy wearing some sort of latex rig with a leather hood.

I goddamn near spewed my lunch on the spot.

If people plan to hold some public event that involves dislays of lewd behavior, it is not unreasonable to ask them to hold it in an out of the way place where the unsuspecting won't stumble into it. I'm hardly being unfair to gays as I would be pissed off at straights for the same behavior.

I don't think I'm being unreasonable.

Posted by: Sean M. [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 11:37 AM

In that case, we'd best make sure anybody annoyed by any other public event have veto power over it. After all, we would not want to challenge anyone's constitutional right not to be offended by other people having fun. Let's start by your reading someone else's blog. If you can't figure out a week long event with a million people is underway outside your office at the same time every year I shudder to think how your hot-house sensibilities might react to writing for grown-ups. I can't say I find the thought of you "spewing your lunch" terribly appealling.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 12:12 PM