So lets suppose for a minute youre a parent. Hey, for a lot of you, this shouldnt be much of a stretch; you are parents. But lets suppose for a minute youre a parent of a boy child. Even this shouldnt be too hard; half of us were, after all, boy children ourselves at some time in the past and, to be painfully honest, many of us who live in Whistler havent really progressed very far beyond that description. The rest of us have probably either given some thought to what it might be like to have a boy child or have at least dated a few, either of which has been scientifically proven to increase the probability of celibacy or lesbianism.
Now suppose your boy child, an earnest young chap with an age-appropriate lets say 12 serious mien, comes to you and says, "Tommy and I are starting a club."
You might, if youre not too distracted by the flotsam of adult life, respond, "Thats nice, honey. Is it just you and Tommy in the club?"
"No, anyone can join. Well, anyone whos not a girl."
"So just boys can be in your club?"
"Yup, just boys."
"Why not girls?"
"Theyre just not qualified. Its not their place to be in our club."
"Anyone else you wont let join your club?"
"Thats not a nice word. Gay people prefer to be called gay unless theyre talking among themselves, in which case they seem to prefer queer but I think you have to be in their club for that to be a polite thing to say. Sort of a self-reference thing ."
"Dad, youre rambling."
"Youre right. But you get my point. Why wont you let gay boys in your club, not that Im certain there are too many self-referenced 12-year-old gay boys?"
"They lead a deviant and abominable lifestyle."
"Have you been reading the National Review again at the library? Where do you come up with this stuff?"
"Its our club. We make the rules."
"Well, what is it you do in this no girl, no gay club?"
"We talk to an imaginary friend."
"All of you?"
"And does your imaginary friend talk back?"
"Yes, he does."
"What do you talk about?"
"About how to live our lives."
"Did your friend tell you you shouldnt let girls and gays in your club?"