Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Russia Today" presents anti-gay law as just about propaganda

The Washington Post on Wednesday September 11, 2013 has a “Russia Today” paid insert with an article by Yaroslavka Kiryukhina, “The Making of a Cultural Cold War: Anti-gay propaganda law causes new wrinkle in the reset and overshadows Olympics.”  I could not find the story on the “rt.com” site.
    
The writer reports that this is viewed in Russia more as an “anti-propaganda” law than an “anti-gay” law. 
  
But the provisions would criminalize speech which “creates non-traditional sexual attitudes among children” or “makes non-traditional sexual relations seem attractive” or “gives a distorted perception of sociall equality between traditional and non-traditional sexual relations” or provides “information about non-traditional sexual relations that evokes interest in such relations.”
  
The law seems to view individuals as vulnerable instruments of a larger society and state and as incapable of making informed choices on their own.  It obvious does not respect the idea of immutability.
   

Most of all, it seems, on the surface, like it is driven by a desire to make a point about low birthrates and to communicate the idea that raising a new generation is a universal moral responsibility, not a matter of inclination or choice.  It stems from an idea of mandatory “fraternalism”, as social scientists call it.  

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