Have the Tables of Sexuality Expectations Turned?
Times are definitely changing with the legalization of gay marriage and the new outlook the media has on it in general. What used to be a taboo subject, only spoken about in small groups and organizations, has become a worldwide phenomenon. People are praised for ‘coming out’ and embracing who they really are. Just this last year, Tumblr named its twenty most reblogged ships [a ship is an ideal pairing of two characters or people], and fourteen of the twenty were either gay or lesbian based relationships. That causes the question to come up; is it now abnormal to be straight?
“I wouldn’t say abnormal. But, I would say people look at being straight a lot differently than a long time ago. For example, my parents are gay and jokingly, of course they make fun of me for being straight,” Ashley Allen ‘16 said. “But, if you were to do that to a gay person you would be ridiculed for it. The tables have turned. I’m not saying it’s been as awful as for the gay community, but it’s definitely different.”
Although the legalization of gay marriage, and the rise in LGBTQ culture, is amazing, moderation may be the key. No one deserves to feel as if they are not special or interesting because of their sexuality. In the end sexuality should not be as big as an issue as it is today. Gay, straight, lesbian, bi, etc., it should not matter.
“It’s considered boring [to be straight], but that’s just the way you are,” Emma Wiseman ‘18 said. “And everyone should be who they are.”