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Friday, June 01, 2012

Hating the 1950s

The NY Times reports:
But Jennifer C. Pizer, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who focuses on sexual orientation law, said that the ruling Thursday meant that holding a traditional view of marriage does not allow someone to discriminate against gay couples.

“Many people of good will have grown up with the belief that homosexuality is dangerous,” she said. “The court is saying that the fact that certain congressmen and justices may have a fondness for the 1950s doesn’t change the fact that under the rule of law everyone has to be treated equally.”
I am wondering why these liberal social reformers are alwasy complaining about the 1950s. That wasn't the only time without same-sex marriage. There was no same-sex marriage in the 1940s or 1960s or any other decade. There has hardly ever been any same-sex marriage anywhere in the whole history of human civilization.

They hate the 1950s because they hate Ozzie and Harriet and the traditional American family. A Oct. 2011 column said:
The feminist movement started its attack on traditional marriage with Betty Friedan's 1963 book, which urged wives to leave their homes (called a "comfortable concentration camp"), join the workforce, and become independent of men. "Ozzie and Harriet," a traditional-couple sitcom of the 1950s, became an epithet, and it became de rigueur to speak of different kinds of "families" instead of "family."

Wikipedia now considers the traditional family a relic of the 1950s and defines it as "usually considered conservative or reactionary by its critics who argue that it is limited, outmoded and unproductive in modern Western society."
I don't remember that TV sitcom as portraying a comfortable concentration camp, but I guess that is the way feminist professors remember it.

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