Now, compare that with your quality engagement and time spent with the opposite sex. I'll bet all the money I lost in Cash Plus that when the situations are objectively compared, many men will find that they spend more time and energy dedicated to activities with other men than with women. Isn't that funny? But, as I'm never tired of saying, we are a case study in contradiction. Is true, man! Many Jamaican men seem to be violently homophobic, yet passionately 'homosocial' at the same time. Check it, dem burn fire on men who sleep with men but di only company dat dem keep is men.
Some roughneck, macho men seem totally happy to spend 20 hours of one day socialising with a bag a man and then share the remaining four hours with a woman. And, those four hours are likely to involve maybe 15 minutes of talk, 45 minutes of sex and three hours of sleep. In fact, one man made it clear to me that, as far as he's concerned, the main thing to do with the opposite sex was sex."
Tell me that Jamaica's not a case study in contradiction and home of hypocrisy, and I'd probably punch you. But, I'm not a violent man, just a passionate Jamaican.
Hey, I read a letter to the editor printed inthe Gleaner on Saturday, February 5, that I found very interesting. The writer, identified only as 'Gay and afraid' from a Tivoli address, bemoaned the departure of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, and suggested that with Coke's protection (or approval), a gay person could walk in the community without fear of being called names or being beaten to death.
According to the letter writer 'I simply went to Dudus and told him that I am gay and just wanted to live in peace." Interesting eh? They can live without danger or discrimination in the 'President's' community, while the world is arrogantly told that gays wouldn't be allowed in the prime minister's Cabinet. Of course, the PM must have made his statements with the assurance that the kitchen where he keeps his cabinet has no hidden closets!
And talking about closets, I've been noticing a series of news items in the past weeks that seem to point to an interesting trend. The tides, it seems, are turning and the doors of many closets are falling. Yeah man, some of the stories are sad and some mek yu haffi laugh, but more and more, certain man closet door a pap aff!
naughty gush of breeze
Yu ever notice how sometimes a naughty gush of breeze can just suddenly lift up the skirt of a passing lady, causing her brief embarrassment and creating momentary pleasure for every idle male on the corner except the blind man? Well a wickeder wind seems to be blowing away some veils and curtains these past days, and further exposing some of the hypocrisy inherent in the attitude of some Jamaicans to homosexuality.
The most interesting story in this series that I call 'closet door pap aff', is the one I read in last week Monday's paper about the three thugs allegedly caught in bed in the Denham Town area. The entertaining part for me is the report that residents were alerted, but when the mob assembled and called for a beating of the men, they had to make a hasty retreat because the 'gay' thugs allegedly drew guns at the crowd. Is like how dem so bright? Dem neva hear say might beat right?
And there was another 'closet door pap aff' report in the STAR on Monday, this time about a Portmore pastor who had to flee both the church and community after words started spreading that he was seen in explicit photos with a church brother, and was also reportedly discovered in the church's office engaging in an alleged sex act with another brother. Yeah, that pastor read the words about brotherly love but decided to 'tek it another way'.
a compromising position
Then, according to another story in yesterday's STAR, 'the police on Friday had to prevent persons in the Half-Way Tree area of St Andrew from beating two men they are said to have discovered in a compromising position. Unlike the alleged thugs in last week's story, these men had no gun and bad-man status to protect them from mob justice, so, luckily, the police who discovered them were a professional set who chose not to be discriminatory with how and who they serve and protect.
The STAR said a team of officers had to shield the men from an angry crowd for about five hours. But who's in that crowd? Nuff hypocrites; many self-righteous liars with violent looks and homophobic cries, but look inside their closet is enough contradiction and lies, to mek you say in your Bounty Killa voice 'mi cyaan believe mi eyes!'