Friday, December 09, 2005
Fun with Hate Mail
Never post in the same place too many times in a row. If I've found a really sweet spot I'll hit it for a couple of days, then wait a couple of days before hitting it again. I don't mind the notion of someone lying in wait for me - in fact I kind of like it - so long as they never actually catch me. Most freewaysides are veritable no-man's lands, so it's usually easy to see if anyone's around.
Most of the hate mail I get comes via e-mail, and those who make death threats are usually careful to do so using passive verb tenses, such as "The person who made these signs should be murdered." or "I hope someone slits your silly fag throat." (Note the use of the term "silly" before "fag", indicating the sender probably has some issues of their own on that front. Don't worry, I mentioned it.)
At least half the hatemail I receive uses the term "fag" or "faggot" to describe me, which is odd given the utter lack of sexual content, homoerotic or otherwise, in my signs. It'd be interesting to explore the sexualization of the political debate in this country, and I'd love to hear from some of you Freudians out there on this topic. I think one of the major drawbacks to being a "family-values" Republican is that your sexuality is unnaturally constrained to marriage, generally for the sake of procreation and, (someone correct me if I'm wrong here) usually kept to standard-missionary-in-the-dark, whereas sex among liberals, as we know, is a 24/7 nonstop anything-goes bacchanalian fuckfest. Given this obvious disparity, it's not hard to see how sexual tensions might get projected into the political realm.