November 1, 2010

Stephen Fry and the "Sex" Scandal

Stephen Fry is a British actor, comedian, thespian, author of books and famous Twitter person (tweeterer? twitterer? whatever) And he is also (openly) gay.  Now, normally, this is of no consequence - his sexual preferences.  However, in yesterday's The Guardian, Fry said this: "straight women only go to bed with men "because sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship."

Thank you Lord Fry for giving me a topic. He isn't really a Lord, at least I don't think so, but he invokes that title because he has a lovely accent, is extremely witty and well-read, conservative in attire (he has that whole corduroy/tweed/tie thing going) in other words, lordly.

Naturally, the article has caused a avalanche of comments and tweet-a-mucks. Women are outraged. Men are outraged (are they?)  I am not horribly outraged. After all, this is a comment coming from a man. He doesn't know better. One could assume that gay men are more intuitive, therefore have the ability to make somewhat more insightful statements about female sexuality and sex habits.  Alas, in this case: no.  Mr. Fry says that straight men believe they disgust women.  And: "If women liked sex as much as men, there would be straight cruising areas in the way there are gay cruising areas."

I must say, the latter is an interesting statement. I thought bars and clubs were the cruising venues. Does that not count? Do trees and bushes have to be around for it to be deemed a proper "cruising area"?  Moving on. To address the statement about men "disgusting" women, when it comes to sex: they are called lesbians. Gah. Gsus. Like, duh.  ( I feel a bit more outraged now)

Lastly, the notion of women "enduring" sex to have a romantic relationship doesn't really make sense, when you think about it. If that were the case, a woman would simply live with a gay guy.  No?

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