Taranto takes Sullivan to task for beating a dead horse and for abusing the term, "fake menstrual blood," as if it is somehow more horrific than using "fake blood" from another source.
There is something else that needs to be mentioned so that a full understanding is gained here. Andrew Sullivan is gay. Openly and proudly homosexual.
Note how when Sullivan (or most anyone else) writes about this, it's always "fake menstrual blood," never just "fake blood." Lots of people are squeamish about blood, but the suggestion here is that there is something sordid about menstruation.James Taranto is comparing homosexuals to Muslims ("single men from sexually repressed cultures"). I read that and said, "ouch." Tell us what you really think, Jimmy.
This is nonsense. A woman's reproductive cycle is natural and normal. Girls realize this within hours of hitting puberty, but it takes longer for boys to figure out. To a preteen male, the news that women have periods is unsettling. But boys eventually become men, and most of them have intimate relationships with women, which helps to demystify the female reproductive system. To a mature man, menstruation is not a horror.
There are, however, exceptions--adult men who remain strangers to the female body. Among them are homosexual men who identify as gay at a young age and thus do not have heterosexual experiences. Also among them are single men from sexually repressed cultures, such as fundamentalist Islamic ones, in which contact between the sexes is rigidly policed [my emphasis]. Many of America's enemy prisoners fall into the latter category. If the mere idea of "fake menstrual blood" discombobulates Andrew Sullivan so, it stands to reason that its actual employment might be an
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My guess is there will be hell to pay for this transgression. After all, gay people are a protected class and are treated with deference in all matters sexual. To declare one's homosexuality - or to consider oneself an honorary homosexual - is a badge to be worn proudly in this day and age. Taranto has done what one doesn't do - and live to tell it.
Poor guy. He doesn't realize that we're not allowed to have intellectual discussions about such matters. I think the United States government calls such blasphemy a hate crime punishable by many years of imprisonment. Let me be the first to respond, Andrew. Hang the heterosexual bastard.