San Diego Soliloquies

Friday, October 03, 2003

The Derb Explains It All

Pretty much due to the heavy moral pressure exerted by Charles Colson, some conservatives are coming around to the idea that maybe, just maybe, prison rape is a bad thing.

John Derbyshire, of course, knows exactly who's to blame for it.

    Ramesh: Surely one factor in the rise of prison rape--which I feel sure was wellnigh unknown a generation ago--has been the striking down of the very strong social taboo on male-male buggery. This taboo was universal across all cultures, primitive and civilized, and even including those that tolerated male-male erotic bonding, until the rise of the "gay rights" movement in the modern West.

I've got at least one expert that said such behavior was institutionalized way before the 20th Century:

    You say that I am ignoring the time-honored traditions of the Royal Navy? And what might they be? I shall tell you in three words: rum, buggery and the lash! Good morning, sirs!" - -Winston Churchill addressing the Sea Lords, 1912


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