Chinese Year of the Cock
- I'm new to San Francisco. Last year, when I was contemplating a move
here, the city got lots of press for Mayor Gavin Newsome's decision to
marry homosexual people at City Hall. "Fair enough," I thought. Even
though I'm a devoted hetero, I've got no problem with gay people
wanting to tie the knot, and I'm a big fan of this city's support of
I was a bit surprised, though, when they announced that this year
would be the Year of the Cock. I mean, tolerating homosexuality is one
thing. Outright encouraging it, however, seems as misguided as forcing
people to be hetero. And it seems so one-sided. I wonder how all the
lesbians in SF feel about all this "Cock" business. Maybe if they
lobby hard enough, 2006 can be the Year of the Clit or Year of the
Labia or cervix or some other shit that lesbians like (Melissa
Ethridge? Flannel shirts?).
Anyway, the Year of the Cock announcement piqued my curiosity,
especially after a slew of posters and flyers went up all over the
city announcing a parade in honor of the Cock on February 19. Wanting
to understand the politics and culture of my new home, I decided I'd
Not at all what I expected.
I thought I'd see lots of skinny white guys of various ages, dressed
in leather vests and small shorts. I thought there would be rainbows
everywhere and Madonna music blaring. Boy, was I wrong.
First of all, the parade was overrun by Chinese peoplemen and women
alike. It seemed that the only people in this city who care about Cock
are Chinese. Both in the parade and lining the street, it was Chinese
as far as the eyes could see. There were a few white and Latino people
there, too, but they were way in the minority. I had always thought
that Asian cultures' intolerance of homosexuality rivaled that of,
say, Alabama. But apparently, the times, they are a-changin'.
Nowadays, Chinese men love Cock, too!
What I actually saw
Also, the Cock Parade turned out to be a big family affair. I figured
it would be filled with young, single men and a few supportive family
members. Instead, the Cock Parade was choc full of Chinese men of all
agesand they brought their wives and children, too.
At first I found that slightly odd. But then it occurred to me: Cock
isn't just for gay guys. Women love it, too! After recognizing that
the Year of the Cock was for gay men and straight women, I began to
see what this was all about. Married men who recently mustered up the
courage to come out of the closet were bringing their wives along as a
bonding experience! After all, one thing they have in common is a love
for the Cock. In the end, I was impressed by both the men's courageous
step of publicly voicing their homosexuality, and their wives' support
of the men's new lifestyles.
Regardless, I remained curious why these couples brought their kids
along. I mean, is it really appropriate to teach four-year-old boys
and girls about Cock? Although I certainly support these men's
decisions to emerge from the closet, I've gotta wonder whether forcing
Cock on little kids is appropriate. Maybe the Catholic Church has made
inroads toward converting Chinese people.
In these guys' defense, though, the parade was much more tastefully
done than I had imagined. I feared that it would be replete with
people dressed up in penis costumes and guys hanging their wangs out
of their pants. There was none of that, though. In fact, the only
Wangs I saw were in the crowd, andoutside of incessantly blocking
traffic by crossing the street when it wasn't their turnthey were
Laughing at my cock. Bastards.
Although the Cock Parade didn't deliver what I had expected, it was a
great event nonetheless. Confusing at first, it turned into a touching
show of support for families that could have been ripped apart by
men's emergence from the closet. Rather than allow such revelations to
divide them, the brave gay man/straight woman couples found common
groundtheir love for Cock.
So hats off to the community of Gay Asian men in San Francisco for
turning the Year of the Cock Parade into a family-friendly event and a
re-affirmation of San Francisco's vibrant interracial gay culture. I
can't wait to see what the rug-munchers come up with for next year!
- His name is Tom Delerio. I have to start including the authors names with this stuff. Really have to give credit where credit is due.
Donna Gore <donnajgore@...> wrote:Hahahaha. Did you write that? If not where did you find it?
I want to forward it but I always give proper credit.