Skip to comments.Kiss-In on Ho Plaza Protests Sexuality Bias of Valentines Day (Cornell, Ithaca)
Posted on 02/13/2009 10:39:55 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
ITHACA, NY--Love or, at least, lust was in the air on Ho Plaza yesterday at 12:15 p.m. A group of roughly 20 students lined up to hold a colorful banner that read QUEER KISSIN in progress and then proceeded have a queer kiss-in, which lasted about five minutes.
Direct Action to Stop Heterosexism sponsored the event, according to kiss-in participant Ashley McGovern 09. She explained that heterosexism is kind of like homophobia except heterosexism has to do with all facets of society so the normalization of heterosexuality in society.
Heteronormativity refers to the idea that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation. This includes the notion that people fall into two discrete categories male and female and that sexual relations are normal only between two people of different sexes.
DASH didnt necessarily have sweeping or profound aims for the kiss-in, according to McGovern.
It was just supposed to be a fun action before Valentines Day, it wasnt really a protest, it was more of a visibility thing just letting people know people are queer on campus and not afraid to be affectionate that was the goal visibility and having fun, McGovern said.
DASH had been planning the kiss-in for a couple of weeks. It was just a spontaneous action, explained McGovern, Most of the student participants are in DASH, but some are just friends of people in DASH.
According to McGovern, the kiss-in was for visibility, not just for non-queer people but also for queer people on campus who feel like they cant come out. Its fun to see a bunch of people kissing and feel affirmed.
Ryan Swisher 12 was on Ho Plaza selling roses for Valentines Day for his fraternity when the kiss-in took place.
It was interesting. Not something I usually see on Ho Plaza, he said. It was definitely funny to watch, but it was also good to see the diversity on campus.
Steve Gravani 12, who also saw the kiss-in, said, I dont have a problem with it, but Im not sure what they were trying to accomplish by being out here today because I feel like they definitely raised awareness about their cause. But Im not sure what their cause was, other than just that they were there.
He suggested the group give more information about their cause.
They were just out here holding a banner that said queer kissing in progress and they were here for a few minutes, and then they just left. Im not sure what they were trying to accomplish so maybe some context [would] give it more meaning. But if theyre just out here supporting what they believe in, then more power to them.
A. Blum 09, participant and member organizer of DASH explained the aim was simply to promote the visibility of queer presence on campus and also to make a statement that resistance is fun.
It was a little mixture of fun, silliness and making a statement that there are queer people here and were not afraid to express ourselves publicly even in spite of the fact that Valentines day, which is coming up, really capitalizes on this heteronormative love, Blum added. Theres always lots of publicity about doing things for your wife or your husband or your boyfriend or your girlfriend with an overtone of heterosexism, assumed heterosexism.
McGovern believes heteronormativity is a nationwide problem.
I think Cornell is probably better than a lot of parts of the country, but its definitely a nationwide problem, McGovern said. If you look at Prop. 8 that passed recently, or President Obama thinking its okay to invite an extremely homophobic speaker for his inauguration Its definitely a national issue. Its not that big of an issue here, but it still is an issue. I still get dirty looks kissing my girlfriend on Ho Plaza or like with a group of people.
Were also doing a lot of community organizing because a lot of our resources are at stake and DASH is kind of leading the way on organizing these meetings, Blum said.
DASH plans to host more events in the future, including more kiss-ins, film screenings, a panel discussion and a big spin-the-bottle in the middle of Ho Plaza.
While DASH hopes to raise more awareness with yesterdays kiss-in, ultimately it is also important to have fun.
[The kiss-in] was fun. All resistance should be fun, Blum said.
We wanted to do it, she said. I mean, every impact you make is in the moment. Its just part of a big cultural change: x-ing out heteronormativity and celebrating everything.
Yeah. Like I said, names notwithstanding, this is no joke.
Pervertism is now on display, whether it be beastiality, pedophilia, transexuals, or homosexuals. It is all allowed under the new ‘tolerance’ and diversity banner.
Until we, as a society, are willing to stand by our convictions and hold the companies and politicians responsible for the attack on our morals, the constitution and natural law as documented in the Bible then expect America to slide even further into the hole of perversity.
Be glad I didn’t post the pics.
Well they can fix that problem by having children with their partners to boost their numbers demographically.
Gads....these people make my head hurt
You’re a heteronormativitysexualist, aren’t you? :)
Ho Plaza must be a viral bacterial haven.
Here's a little clue for McGovern -- he had a father and mother. They did not produce him by inducing orgasms in the mouth or anus.
Regular people are only a problem to the disturbed.
Isn’t this Maurice Kinky er,,, Hinchey’s base? Well,,, some call him the Gangster of Love!
20 protesters are resisting
The Valentines Day tradition
Of boys liking girls
So with banner unfurled
They showed at Ho mo kissing.
My thoughts exactly. Is it named in honor of Ho Chi Min or is it ho as in “Yo mama's a ho”.
Beat me to it on Ho Plaza.
But Ryan Swisher?
“Be glad I didnt post the pics.”
Glad? Hell it doesnt matter anymore - most of America is numbed and would give two thumbs up for a man and dog making it.
Do the demonstrators realize that not a single one of them would be alive to protest if it weren’t for heterosexists - their parents?
We can only hope these people don't reproduce(hide the turkey basters) and that they do not leave another generation of them.