16 February 2010

A Fine Argument Against Gay Marriage

"Opponents said the consummation of gay unions can't be spoken of in polite society."

How true!  

And now an assignment: Find some "polite society" and talk about the details of the, uh, consummation of your hetero union.  Let me know how that works out...

4 comments:

  1. "...the consummation of gay unions can't be spoken of in polite society."

    Can't it? I find it entirely possible myself. And I rather think that articulating a deontic prescription (this *should not* be done) as an alethic certainty (this *cannot* be done) is indicative that these people are rather unqualified to present themselves as representatives of "polite society". It's a rather flagrant breach of the Gricean Maxims, I'd say.

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  2. I haven't noticed much "polite society" on the anti-gay side.

    Zoid

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  3. Hel, you know, the reason we all love you is that nobody else would have taken this quote and seen it as a flagrant breach of the Gricean Maxims!

    Of course, we could unpack the whole thing even more by digging into the phrase "polite society" and all that assumes and implies, but I wasn't feeling up to going that deep. I was impelled much more by the immature, though satisfying, impulse to just make fun of them...

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