From The New Republic, July 11, 1994
THIS JUST IN FROM MARS: "The openly heterosexual former
football player, O.J. Simpson, was arrested today and charged
with the murder of his former wife and her companion. The
arrest sent shock waves throughout the heterosexual community,
as one of its most popular icons revived old stereotypes that
surround the heterosexual lifestyle.
'Wife-beating is not equivalent to being heterosexual,' said
Joe Eightpack, a spokesman for the Straight Alliance Against
Defamation. 'While it's true that some heterosexuals engage in
spousal abuse, it's still no more common among straights than
But opponents of heterosexual rights seized on the incident.
'Every year, hundreds of thousands of women are the victims of
this immoral subculture,' said the Rev. Donald Gaylord,
spokesman for the Concerned Homosexuals of America. 'There
appears to have been a heterosexual ring in Los Angeles,
including the police force, that covered up this depraved
activity for years. I'm partictilarly concerned about saving
our children from this kind of example.'
Statistics suggest a large minority of heterosexual males are
involved in some kind of domestic violence: one in four
heterosexual relationships involves violence, with 2 million to
4 million women affected each year. Researchers who claim that
heterosexuality is a choice and not, as some believe,
involuntary, argue that this makes it even more important not
to give social sanction to the activity. 'It's not
heterosexuals as such that we're opposed to,' argues Gaylord.
'It's their self-destructive lifestyle.'"