Getting Straight To The Point

| Richmond, BC, Canada | Learning | June 16, 2016

(While casually conversing with my classmates after class, the subject of homosexuality somehow came up.)

Classmate: “You know, I don’t have a problem with gays, just as long as they’re not near me.”

Me: “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Classmate: “If gays want to be gay with each other, that’s cool with me, but I just don’t want them acting gay towards me.”

Me: “Towards… you?”

Classmate: “Well, I don’t want them hitting on me just because I’m a dude. I don’t swing that way.”

Me: “What makes you think that would happen?”

Classmate: “They’re into men, right? Well, I’m a man, which means I’m a target.”

Me: “So, just because they like guys, you’re afraid that they’re going to come after you? Tell me, how many straight girls have randomly flirted with you?”

Classmate: “Huh?”

Me: “According to your logic, you’re worried that someone might hit on you because they like guys. Straight girls like guys, too. How many straight girls have you been victim to?”

(There is a momentary pause where he finally understands what I’m trying to say.)

Classmate: “Oh, I get it now! I guess I was worrying over nothing at all!”

(I’ve dealt with several homophobes in my life, but this was the easiest fix I’ve ever done!)

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