Want AIDS? How about dwarfism?

December 7, 2006 at 6:12 pm | Posted in nytimes, opinion, sarcastic, social | 2 Comments

All the cool people are doing it. Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about bare-backing, or unprotected sex. You probably only know what I’m talking about if you’ve read this article about bug-chasers, i.e. “The men who long to be HIV+”? In case you don’t have time to read a million pages of repetitive prose (like me, Rolling Stone writers just love watching themselves type), here is a pretty good excerpt of what on everyone’s mind these days. And by everyone, I mean every sadomasochist homosexual with no regard for the intrinsic value of their own life:

Carlos is part of an intricate underground world that has sprouted, driven almost completely by the Internet, in which men who want to be infected with HIV get together with those who are willing to infect them. The men who want the virus are called “bug chasers,” and the men who freely give the virus to them are called “gift givers.” While the rest of the world fights the AIDS epidemic and most people fear HIV infection, this subculture celebrates the virus and eroticizes it. HIV-infected semen is treated like liquid gold.

Is Carlos an idiot? The Traditional Values Coalition seems to think so, and considers homosexuals like Carlos to be “actively seeking death” and “willing to kill others as part of a sickening ‘erotic’ thrill.” Here’s a legal question no one wants to answer — can deliberate HIV infection be considered murder? Suicide? Manslaughter? Probably none of the above. I’d say it’s more like delayed potential murder with mutual consent, with no real intent to kill since none of these men worry about the efficacy of anti-retroviral drugs other than that “it works.” Has anyone explained drug resistance to them?

Some homosexuals explain this desire in terms of group identification — a sort of solidarity among HIV+ individuals in the midst of a largely hostile and alienating outside society. Fine, whatever. It’s their choice — anyway, the money they spend on drugs can be spent on helping people in Africa who actually fear the disease.

What we should probably be more worried about is this in the nytimes, another behavior that justifies itself by solidarity among members of a socially marginalized group. The only difference is that it’s completely ludicrous.

Susannah A. Baruch and colleagues at the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University recently surveyed 190 American [Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis] clinics, and found that 3 percent reported having intentionally used P.G.D. “to select an embryo for the presence of a disability.”

Deaf or dwarf parents who choose to pass their defects on to their children? The article observes, “It turns out that some mothers and fathers don’t view certain genetic conditions as disabilities but as a way to enter into a rich, shared culture.” Personally, I don’t think your kid is going to be either rich or cultured if he can’t reach that book on the shelf. Don’t even get me started on Beethoven symphonies.

Even if we granted that deafness or dwarfism aren’t defects, the resounding problem here is why we are allowing parents to make this decision for their children. If the child truly believed him/herself happier and “fit in” better with the deaf community without the ability to hear, let them knock out their ears when they’re old enough to notice the difference. And no, it’s not fair if you only raise them listening to Britney Spears.

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  1. “Here’s a legal question no one wants to answer — can deliberate HIV infection be considered murder? Suicide? Manslaughter?”

    It’s a crime if you infect someone without having told them you’re infected here in Canada. I’m not sure about the specifics of the law or what they charge it under. There was a big story about a CFL (Canadian Football) player getting charged.

    I set up a blog and started hashing away at ideas, but its difficult.

    -Sean

  2. go to my blog and read the post “one” Your comments about the dwarfism community are ignorant at best. does height make someone a lesser person? you really ought to think about what you say and write. dwarfism is a genetic mutation -and so is poor eye sight- not a deadly disease.


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