Quirky wrote:Yes, yes activists are necessary to further a cause, but you are being a little harsh on youngsters who are just looking for a good fuck and a good time.
Point of reference: frat boys and how they behave is comparable to what you are describing, so lay off people's lifestyle choices and address the issue!
I agree ... and I think I was pretty clear that people have the right to choose whatever lifestyle they want ... having been there myself and having had a few close calls, I think I speak from experience when I say that it's not a healthy choice. Secondly, I think I also made clear that I think the Taiwanese will eventually take the next step (please read my last post again) .... like I said, the issue of homosexuality has only been a subject of public discourse for a very short time. Personally, I just wish it would happen sooner than later because I'd hate to see Taiwan become another Thailand with the HIV/AIDS problem. This is something that the government and schools need to address, and very soon ... and they're failing miserably at it. What are two major causes of the exploding HIV problem here? It's the newly rampant drug use and popularity of sex parties that I mentioned before. They can learn from the mistakes of others, they don't have to go through that same nightmare themselves if it's not necessary. To shrug it off and say that it's just kids having fun would be irresponsible. There are serious consequences when it comes to these things.
Personally, I think there have been some great strides forward in recent years in terms of acceptance, tolerance, and discussion of gay issues ... FAR, FAR, FAR better than what I saw going on in mainland China. I think the Taiwanese are to be commended for that. A lot of credit goes to Bai Xianyong and his novel "Niezi", which was the first time the issue was really forced out into the open. There is also some very interesting research going on right now ... one Taiwanese guy I know is researching "lesbianism in Taiwanese softball leagues" (hehe, I'm really not joking!). The next few years will be very interesting to watch ... I just hope the party resulting from the new-found acceptance doesn't lead to too many problems in the end ...
I'm not being prudish, and I think people have every right to have fun ... but that doesn't mean it's ok to be irresponsible too. I've known too many friends contract HIV or overdose on drugs, and have seen far too much risky and irresponsible behavior here. It's a problem, whether people like to admit it or not.