Garth's Letter To The OCA
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 16:21:34 -0800 (PST)
From: Garth Melnick
Subject: Heterosexuality Questionnaire on your webpage
I was examining the content of your web site, (http://www.ocayeson9.com/)
and I noticed you had posted a heterosexuality questionnaire
evidence that GLSEN etc. is trying to (I'm quoting from your webpage
here) "corrupt the morals of an entire generation."
Now, if I'm not mistaken, most or all of the questions in this
questionnaire are similar if not identical to questions used by groups
such as yourselves, with the term 'homosexual(ity)' replaced with
'heterosexual(ity).' (e.g., 'Is it possible heterosexuality is a phase
you will grow out of?' vis a vis 'Is it possible homosexuality is a phase
you will grow out of?') I am forced to wonder, from your treatment of
this questionnaire, if you are familiar with the term 'irony.' Allow me to
provide you with a definition taken from the Random House College
'irony: n., 1. a figure of speech in which the words express a meaning
that is often the direct opposite of the intended meaning.'
I would also suggest you examine the terms 'satire' and 'sarcasm' in a
Now, it seems obvious to me that this questionnaire is intended as
satirical or ironic: The point of the questionnaire, seen as irony, is not
to make reader re-examine their own sexuality, but rather consider and
examine the questions asked by anti-homosexuality groups such as
yourselves. However, it seems equally obvious to me from your treatment of
this questionnaire on your website that you believe it to be serious, and
indeed the point of this letter is simply to point out that it is, in all
likelihood, intended as irony and/or satire.
I could take the time to point out the obvious fallacies this creates in
your argument, but I leave it as an intellectual excersise to you. I have
no doubt of your intent to show that there is a "homosexual agenda" to
corrupt the youth of America, but I'm rather curious if you wished to
appear as blind literalists.