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Larry Craig as Sexual Freedom Fighter

Marty Klein writes an open letter to Senator Craig on his blog calling on Craig to extend himself beyond his personal situation and to reach out to others who have been victims of sexual repression and to advocate against repression of sexual choice, of consensual sex.  Marty advocates this position in the hope that Craig can now identify with others who have been victims of sexual repression, victims of sting operations, and I would also expand it to include students and professors who have been persecuted for their consensual relationships.  I wonder if it is not too far off in the future that academe may employ stings in the form of campus police posing as female students to catch the so-called lecherous professor.

In any case, Marty engages in his wishful thinking knowing that it is wishful and unlikely to occur.  To believe that Craig would  publicly decloset himself and throw off the Republican and Christian values cloak is unlikely,  very unlikely given that Craig’s public stance remains that he has never had an interest in homosexuality.  If Craig does come out of the closet and advocates a sexual freedom agenda, he would have to deal with the Republican and their Christian value cohort viewing him not simply as a sexual deviant but an enemy of the state.  But, of course, anything is possible, if a Klu Klux Klan member can become an advocate of racial equality then maybe in my fantasy thinking/nightmares Larry Craig may become the Angela Davis of the 2000s, advocating for freedom and getting a UC professorship; of course, he would first get a doctorate from UC and maybe do a little blogging as well.

September 7, 2007 - Posted by | Larry Craig, sexual politics

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