OBJECTIFIED
Why is it that many people believe it’s fair game to criticise and objectify the muscular and athletic men and women of the GLTBI community?
Over the years I have heard nearly everything to put down, denigrate and seen a lot of physical violence and excessive unwanted attention toward those who choose to develop and maintain their bodies in peak form.
It’s about time people stopped and thought about their actions when they criticise, bully and harass people because they have good bodies or good looks.
These are real people with emotions and feelings and yes some are arrogant, yet there are many  who are decent, have integrity and are very respectful.
Just because they choose to maintain their body in a form they want to does not mean anyone has the right to treat them any differently due to their own personal insecurity, envy or fear, nor does it give anyone permission to treat them like a piece of meat for their own lustful gratification.
Yes it’s human nature to look and admire and many people who keep fit appreciate the attention, yet there are boundaries which need to be kept and respect needs to be shown.  If you see signs of discomfort and irritability due to your attention be respectful and move on.
Now I’m far from being physically fit and I’m definitely no Ben Cousins. Yet I have friends who are fit and hot and these friendships have developed through being respectful. So instead of having a good bitch or throwing yourself at a person you deem to be ‘perfect’ say hello, show respect and keep within appropriate boundaries and you may be pleasantly surprised.
— Ashley

HIV RESPONSE
Re: Gillard could ‘do more’ (SSO, Dec 02), unfortunately the Australian Christian Lobby — that Gillard is seemingly controlled by on the issue of gay rights ­— would apparently prefer to promote the image of gays getting HIV and dying, rather than strong monogamous relationships, with the support structure of full relationship equality.
Government-sponsored second class citizenship can be a factor in depression, gay-youth suicide and risk-taking behaviour; and the Australian Christian Lobby knows it. They don’t want to promote gay monogamy — just the opposite.
Gillard should follow the lead of all those other countries  falling like dominoes and grant full equal rights for a level playing field.
The roadblock of the ‘Aussie Banana Republic Christian Lobby’ needs to be swept out of the way.
– David

SEX PARTY
The Australian Sex Party in no way supports slavery. Our policies are designed to protect and support sex workers, while clearly drawing a distinction between those who choose to pursue such a career and those who are exploited and abused by others.
It’s a shame that Maltzahn seems unable or unwilling to recognise that distinction.
– Marian

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