What’s Morality Got to Do With It?

25 Feb 2010 (Thu) at 11:37 am 2 comments

I Am Not Immoral

Morality schmorality. Immoral? So what?

I Am Not Immoral video campaign
Director: Jethro Patalinghug

The weakness of the “I Am Not Immoral”  video campaign is its hell-bent insistence into being included in the state’s present notion of morality. Remember, this is a heterocentric state which condones corruption, rape and murder. The last thing we should be doing is to associate ourselves with it.

The LGBT sector should instead be fighting to expand our society’s notions of morality and push it behind the dominant Church position.

Let it also be said that members and supporters of the LGBT sector are not immune from discriminating among and within themselves. We must refrain from overly promoting ourselves as blameless “moral” individuals, when in fact, we are very much capable of perpetuating patriarchy and contributing to its machinations.

What is moral? What does morality have to do with it, anyway? In the struggle for political representation and visibility, the question is not whether one is moral or not. Even if a person was immoral, that does not strip one of his basic human rights. And isn’t the fight for gender equality essentially a fight for human rights?

What we should be doing is asserting a broader, more inclusive, and dare I say, more moral kind of morality, one that focuses on the dismantling of discrimination against race or gender, on the dismantling of the class system–the system which most heavily oppresses and discriminates against people, straight or not. #


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  • 1. Naturallawyer  |  27 Feb 2010 (Sat) at 3:53 am

    Is the “more moral kind of morality” actually moral at all? Just curious, but what types of “discrimination” are moral and what types are immoral, and why? Surely you’ll agree that discrimination against criminals by throwing them in jail is actually good discrimination? Or discrimination against children by not allowing them to drive?

    If “discrimination” isn’t inherently wrong in itself (but only certain kinds of discrimination), how do we know that the categories over which you prefer protection actually deserve protection? Don’t those categories have to be determined by the “old” morality?

  • 2. Edgar Allan Paule  |  28 Feb 2010 (Sun) at 3:37 pm

    I think I specified race, gender and class discrimination, which is horribly rampant in the Philippines–a huge struggle even in spite of whatever legislation that supposedly protects Filipinos against it.

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