Not Everyone Is Straight

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A certain strain of heterosexism -- a belief that everyone is or ought to be heterosexual -- was alive and well in "Let's Talk About Sex," on the March 27 In the Loop page. "Every last one" of the male interns in Congress "will probably be" at an appearance by "Grey's Anatomy" TV star Kate Walsh, reporters Mary Ann Akers and Paul Kane wrote.

They seemed to totally discount that there are gay male interns who might not be all that interested in Walsh. Maybe they'd be more interested in her co-stars, Eric Dane and Justin Chambers. Maybe some lesbian interns would want to see Walsh.

Your literary device demeaned and discounted gay men and lesbians and contributed to the social stigma placed on them. It had no place in The Post.

-- Bill Crews


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