Friday, November 6, 2015

Russia contemplates draconian "Don't Tell" anti-gay law, even as if to use homosexuality as a proxy for differences with the West

The Russian parliament is considering expanding its DADT “Don’t Tell” idea in civilian life to expanding its anti-gay law to cover all public statements about homosexuality, as reported in Britain today here. The law would ban “Public expression of unconventional sexual relationships, as explained here by a Russian lawmaker (use Google Chrome translate).

The support for the law seems to come from remnant communist and Soviet elements.  As I noted in a post Sunday, this sort of thinking seems like a double-negative to a western person.  It sounds as though politicians and many ordinary Russians (and similarly in many other authoritarian countries) believe that young adults will be persuaded not to have families, and Russia has a serious population dearth.  But this way of thinking seems to have little faith in any human urge to reproduce and provide future generations.

Gay politics is even effecting a bill to ease visa restriction for travel between Ukraine and the rest of the EU, here, as the country gets drawn back into the Russian orbit (story).

It seems as though Russia, and some of the former Soviet republics, are getting caught in a bind that sees homosexuality as a proxy for big cultural differences (regarding the relationship of the individual to the family and then larger society) between West and East.  But it’s an artifice that fails at a certain intellectual level.  No doubt, Russia got another rude shock this week that it shares common security concerns with the west, given that it was its citizens (not the West) that may have been targeted with the Egyptian plane crash that is looking deliberate now.

I’ve embedded a short film (“The Terrifying Reality of Life Under Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws”) from YouTube about life under Russia’s anti-gay law.  In February 2014 I reviewed “Dispatched” and “Moscow Is Burning” on my TV blog about the issue.

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