The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, March 13, 2006  

With This, Let it Die on the Vine

It's sad to see a once proud journal like Foreign Policy reduced to trafficking in utter stupidity, but there it is, in the latest issue, the March-April number, in "The Geopolitics of Sexual Frustration," by Martin Walker.

Walker, an editor at the once great United Press International, spins out quite a few bizarre theories and fantasies, of which perhaps this excerpt represents the most patently ridiculous:

Some Chinese experts speculate, off the record, that there might be a connection between the shortage of women and the spread of open gay life since 2001, when homosexuality was deleted from the official Classification of Mental Disorders. It is possible to dream up all kinds of scenarios: Mumbai and Shanghai may soon rival San Francisco as gay capitals.

It is possible, of course, for anyone to dream up -- and speculate about, while sharing a drink with a sympethetic and tinny Western ear -- any kind of scenario whatsoever, even, apparently, one in which an imbalance in birth rates by gender gives rise a generation or longer thereafter to allegedly pervasive and geographically dislocated homosexuality.

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