Thursday, August 2, 2012
Chick-fil-a, Al-Jazeera, and the politics of spankos
Being a secret spanko, in some ways I can identify with gays and lesbians. Like them, I get my sexual jollies in ways that makes most of society uncomfortable. For a heterosexual male, I'd say I'm very un-homophobic. I have a gay friend at work. He's funny.
Having said all that, I think the Chick-fil-a controversy is absolutely silly, and can't understand why both sides are worked up about it.
I've noticed several tweets from among spanking industry folks about it, and it made me think about the odd mix of politics among spankos. On the one hand, the vast majority of spanking stories one reads on the internet are extremely traditional. Family values and a firm-handed but golden-hearted leader of the household husband is a theme of story after story. There's the whole extremely conservative domestic discipline type realm of spankingland. On the other hand, there's the sexually liberated, spanking porn producing, probably way more vocal side of spankingland.
Here's my take on the controversy, by way of an analogy... Probably 90% of the time I get gas it's from
eating Mexican food one of two convenience stores. I try to avoid going into each of them, but sometimes I do.
One is a significantly grungier than the other. It's filled with regular convenience store junk food, candy, gum, Coke, beer, etc... but it also has a truly bizarre collection of... knick-knacks and knives and just weird stuff. The guys behind the counter barely speak English, and behind the counter there are nudie magazines and an ancient little TV set turned to a foreign language station that I swear is Al-Jazeera. On Saturdays a lady works there and she wears a scarf over her head even in this dreadful heat. I'm pretty sure the owners of the place have religious beliefs that are significantly different from mine.
The other is also full of unhealthy stuff, but it's bigger, brighter, cleaner, and the people behind the counter are
pimply clean cut white kids that are extremely friendly.
I don't really care though. I go to the one on the side of the street I'm on either going to or coming home from work. That's how I feel about this Chick-fil-a controversy. If my kids want chicken nuggets, I'd rather take them to Chick-fil-a where the nuggets are pieces of chicken breasts than McDonald's where the nuggets are pieces of chicken parts. That's it. I'm certainly not making a political statement.
Good question! But they sure seem to a lot recently. Or at least one side or the other THINKS they do. According to this article I read on CNN.com, Chick-fil-a is not alone in being the subject of a political food fight. In the last several years the National Organization of Women attempted a nationwide boycott of Domino's pizza; gay rights and pro-choice advocates have protested against Carl's Jr.; Wendy's, under fire from conservatives, pulled it's advertising from the then-controversial show "Ellen" after she came out on the show, which prompted gay and lesbian protests of Wendy's; conservatives protested against Burger King for their ads, gays protested when McDonald's said it wouldn't air ads featuring gay people, but conservatives protested when McDonald's was a sponsor of a gay pride parade in San Fransisco. Whew!
I'm sure I'll go to Chick-fil-a again, but I won't go this week. Not that I'm protesting, but... because it's crowded!
at 10:37 PM