Saturday, May 01, 2004

Sex and the Stereotypes

In yet another disingenuous and intellectually dishonest column, David Brooks today pretends to be reporting on new social science research on sexual marketplaces in cities, but it's really just an excuse to haul out the usual conservative stereotypes about the sex-and/or-marriage patterns of different groups.

Note, for example, that he associates being gay and lesbian with being white and affluent, and that while he says disapprovingly that "43 percent of the gay men in Shoreland have had more than 60 partners," he doesn't bother telling us how this compares to non-gay men in comparable partnership and SES categories.

I don't even know how to start pointing out all the racist and sexist under- and over-tones here (for a sexist one, though, how about where he says, "If men can have multiple partners, they have little incentive to limit themselves..."). Just read it and be disgusted.

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