Against outing

Yay, Drier! Boo, Signorile and Atrios.
People are entitled to sexual privacy, even if they vote Republican.

Atrios reports gleefully that a Republican Congressman, asked point-blank about his sexual orientation, refused to answer.

Good for him! (The congressman, I mean.) The right answer to that question, from anyone except a potential sexual partner, is “None of your f—ing business.”

I really, really disapprove of gay-baiting, even if the gays being baited hold disgusting political positions. And I thought that attitude was part of the definition of liberalism.

When did that change? Did I miss the memo?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Against outing”

  1. Why it would be okay to out Rick Santorum?

    Mark Kleiman and Ted Barlow are categorically opposed to outing. They argue that it is wrong publicize the sex lives of politicians, even politicians who slander gays and assail gay rights in public while indulging in private gay sex. There

  2. Why it would be okay to out Rick Santorum

    Mark Kleiman and Ted Barlow are categorically opposed to outing. They argue that it is wrong publicize the sex lives of politicians, even politicians who slander gays and assail gay rights in public while indulging in private gay sex. There

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