Friday, October 15, 2010

Bill Maher: If Brett Favre's Penis Could Talk

Warning: NSFW (some smutty language, for which I apologize):

Smutty, yes--it's Bill Maher, after all.  But amusing and apt commentary on a new rule for clueless white males, which provides a counterpoint, sort of, to what I wrote about earlier today re: the strange fixation on the rule of the penis (of heterosexual males) in contemporary Catholic thought.

Maher's reflection on Brett Favre's decision to woo a hesitant woman by sending her a snapshot of his private parts:

To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become. Because the kind of guy who thinks there are women out there who just, cold, want to see your cock, is the same kind of guy who thinks Sarah Palin is swell and tax cuts pay for themselves.


If Brett Favre's penis could talk, what would it say? Well, other than, "No photos please," I think it would say, "I'm not a witch. I'm you." Because for hundreds of years white penises were America. White penises founded America, they made the rules and they called the shots in the workplace, in the home, and at the ballot box. But now the unthinkable is happening. White penises are becoming the minority: 2010 was the first year in which more minority babies were born in the U.S. than white babies. This is what conservatives are really upset about -- that the president is black, and the best golfer is black, and the Secretary of State is a woman, and suddenly this country is way off track and needs some serious 'restoring.' If penises could cry -- and I believe they can -- then white penises are crying all over America.

Maybe, all things considered, it wouldn't hurt some of the ultra-orthodox Catholic crowd to read such cultural analysis, and to think about just what Catholic sexual moral teaching keeps legitimating, with its preferential option for the heterosexual male.

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