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Kiss-In on Ho Plaza Protests Sexuality Bias of Valentines Day (Cornell, Ithaca)
Cornell Daily Sun ^ | February 13, 2009 - 12:00am | By Eve Shabto

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 didn’t necessarily have sweeping or profound aims for the kiss-in, according to McGovern.

“It was just supposed to be a fun action before Valentine’s Day, it wasn’t 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 can’t come out. It’s fun to see a bunch of people kissing and feel affirmed.”

Ryan Swisher ’12 was on Ho Plaza selling roses for Valentine’s 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 don’t have a problem with it, but I’m 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 I’m 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. I’m not sure what they were trying to accomplish so maybe some context [would] give it more meaning. But if they’re 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 we’re not afraid to express ourselves publicly … even in spite of the fact that Valentine’s day, which is coming up, really capitalizes on this heteronormative love,” Blum added. “There’s 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 it’s definitely a nationwide problem,” McGovern said. “If you look at Prop. 8 that passed recently, or President Obama thinking it’s okay to invite an extremely homophobic speaker for his inauguration … It’s definitely a national issue. It’s 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.”

“We’re 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 yesterday’s 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. It’s just part of a big cultural change: x-ing out heteronormativity and celebrating everything.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cityofevil; cornell; homosexualagenda; ithaca
No, despite the fact that one of the people's names is "Swisher," this is not a joke.

Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 02/13/2009 10:39:55 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

OUTRAGEOUS! *yawn*


2 posted on 02/13/2009 10:41:12 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Ho Plaza?


3 posted on 02/13/2009 10:42:57 AM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; TLBSHOW; ...
City of Evil bump:


4 posted on 02/13/2009 10:43:54 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: pnh102

Yeah. Like I said, names notwithstanding, this is no joke.


5 posted on 02/13/2009 10:46:16 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


6 posted on 02/13/2009 10:46:20 AM PST by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: sasafras

Be glad I didn’t post the pics.


7 posted on 02/13/2009 10:47:43 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
McGovern believes heteronormativity is a nationwide problem.

Well they can fix that problem by having children with their partners to boost their numbers demographically.

Oh, wait...

8 posted on 02/13/2009 10:48:35 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
This includes the notion that people fall into two discrete categories — male and female

Gads....these people make my head hurt

9 posted on 02/13/2009 10:48:55 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Obama says we should listen to our enemies, but not to Rush)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

You’re a heteronormativitysexualist, aren’t you? :)


10 posted on 02/13/2009 10:48:56 AM PST by PissAndVinegar
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Ho Plaza must be a viral bacterial haven.


11 posted on 02/13/2009 10:49:32 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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McGovern believes heteronormativity is a nationwide problem.

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.

12 posted on 02/13/2009 10:51:18 AM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Isn’t this Maurice Kinky er,,, Hinchey’s base? Well,,, some call him the Gangster of Love!


13 posted on 02/13/2009 10:51:34 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: pnh102

20 protesters are resisting
The Valentines Day tradition
Of boys liking girls
So with banner unfurled
They showed at Ho mo’ kissing.


14 posted on 02/13/2009 10:52:44 AM PST by dblshot
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To: pnh102
“Ho Plaza?”

My thoughts exactly. Is it named in honor of Ho Chi Min or is it ho as in “Yo mama's a ho”.

15 posted on 02/13/2009 10:53:10 AM PST by detective
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To: pnh102

Beat me to it on Ho Plaza.

But Ryan Swisher?


16 posted on 02/13/2009 10:54:53 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“Be glad I didn’t 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.


17 posted on 02/13/2009 10:56:12 AM PST by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: sasafras
You're right. These evil people pride themselves on their perversity. This is the only kind of "freedom" they understand.
18 posted on 02/13/2009 11:05:37 AM PST by mrsmel (Put the Gitmo terrorists near Capitol Hill.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Do the demonstrators realize that not a single one of them would be alive to protest if it weren’t for heterosexists - their parents?


19 posted on 02/13/2009 11:09:17 AM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware of socialism in America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: LiteKeeper
“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.

20 posted on 02/13/2009 11:14:23 AM PST by detective
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Are these the same loving thugs who trash Mormon churches about Prop. 8 in California?

http://www.unquestionablymale.com/


21 posted on 02/13/2009 11:15:50 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“Ho” plaza?

Is this near a row of seedy motels?


22 posted on 02/13/2009 11:15:57 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Someone needs to tell homofascists that trying to shock people and then punishing them for being offended is no way to win support.


23 posted on 02/13/2009 11:17:29 AM PST by Julia H. (Dissent is only the highest form of patriotism when Democrats are not in power.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
McGovern believes heteronormativity is a nationwide problem.

Hey, honey, I wouldn't call it a problem, especially since it's why you're even BREATHING!

24 posted on 02/13/2009 11:22:31 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Coward - I'll do it for you


25 posted on 02/13/2009 11:28:34 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Hey Zero you are a Marxist!)
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Ryan Swisher ’12 was on Ho Plaza selling roses for Valentine’s Day for his fraternity when the kiss-in took place.

Tooooooo easy

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26 posted on 02/13/2009 11:36:11 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: pnh102

“I still get dirty looks kissing my girlfriend on Ho Plaza or like with a group of people.”

“No, it is not named after a communist leader Ho Chi Minh...
one will find a plaque displaying the names of the Ho family. According to our super tour guide database, Ho Plaza, ” . . . was dedicated in 1995 as the result of the generous gift of the Ho family, which has had four Cornell graduates since 1955.”

So there you go a family of Ho’s gifted the plaza...


27 posted on 02/13/2009 11:53:11 AM PST by y6162
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Be glad I didn’t post the pics.

Much appreciated.

28 posted on 02/13/2009 12:34:52 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

thanks, bfl


29 posted on 02/13/2009 1:37:23 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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filthy disease ridden CORNELL queers...
30 posted on 02/13/2009 2:39:09 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
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i'm even hearing queer advertising on the radio now... makes ya wanta puke.
31 posted on 02/13/2009 2:41:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Beat me to it on Ho Plaza.

But Ryan Swisher?

He was with Hugh G. Recshon.

32 posted on 02/13/2009 8:25:09 PM PST by fwdude ("...a 'centrist' ... has few principles - and those are negotiable." - Don Feder)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

“Therefore God gave them up to uncleaness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever” Romans 1:24-25


33 posted on 02/13/2009 8:54:13 PM PST by tflabo
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Heteronormativity refers to the idea that heterosexuality is the “normal” sexual orientation.

That term is rather annoying-sounding...grates on me too as rather elitist.

34 posted on 02/13/2009 8:59:53 PM PST by tflabo
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tell the gays that according to feminots all sex is rape.


35 posted on 02/16/2009 11:13:46 AM PST by GeronL (please stand by...)
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