I’ve always wondered what drives people who really campaign to extreme again gays, porn and other things.
An interesting article in the NYTimes (click) offers some interesting research showing that at least some of these really fervent campaigners are actually acting out against their own internal struggles with being what it is they are campaigning against.
I’ve seen this before. Why is it, if you want to see the best collection of porn around, go see the person who campaigns against it. I remember sitting at the Legislature one year and having one of those campaigners, Joy Beach, plop a pile of paperwork in my lap supporting her campaign and inside it was a rather blatant picture of a couple engaged in classic “69″ behavior.
And that was far from the only instance. Her organization had detailed listings of all the offensive shows on cable TV, back when the Legislature was trying to ban that, or at least regulate it, as being too full of filth. The way Beach et al described it, CATV was one long porn show, but I could never find it (purely out of academic research, of course.)
Anyway, food for thought.