Senator Campfield Talks Monkey Sex
It was only two weeks ago that I wrote about the lovely comments made by State Representative Richard Floyd regarding his desire to “stomp a mudhole” in any transgendered individual who tries on a new blouse in the proximity of his spouse. Today, State Senator Stacey Campfield took to the airwaves and made Floyd sound, in comparison, like someone who could lead the next LGBT Pride Parade.
Campfield visited a show on XM radio and shared this fantastic insight into a health epidemic that has caused devastation around the world for three decades:
“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted]. What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself.”
There is so much going on in these five lines that my head is spinning in my attempt to digest it and write coherently about how ill-informed and absurd these comments are . . . made by a man who has actually been elected to office . . . more than once!
(Side note — For those of you familiar with Senator Campfield’s blog, to which I often look for inspiration concerning how to craft elegant and persuasive prose, you will realize that if Campfield had written these words instead of speaking them, it would have appeared something like “scrooing a monkee.”)
It’s shocking how irresponsible an elected official can be in stating publicly that it’s virtually impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex. Luckily, the average ninth grader who’s completed a semester of Health class knows better than that. The CDC reports that in 2009, nearly 30% of new HIV infections in the United States were due to heterosexual sex. I know it’s some tricky math, but I don’t think that qualifies as “very rarely.” In the rest of the world, the AIDS crisis that rages on is overwhelmingly furthered by unprotected heterosexual sex . . . between two humans (just thought I would add that in case Campfield wants to continue to blame the monkey for ongoing risky sexual decisions).
The fact that Campfield says these ridiculous things out loud, and that some of his constituents might actually believe him, is simply dangerous. Let’s see how Campfield’s “very rarely” conclusion holds up when placed against the 14 million orphans of the AIDS crisis in southern Africa. Those precious children are without a mom or a dad because of a virus transmitted through heterosexual sex.
And, I like that the fine Senator falls back on the always handy “gay guy = guy who engages in bestiality” equation. He makes it sound like a pilot put his plane on cruise control, invited a primate into the cockpit for some intimate inter-species relations, and immediately following that encounter, walked up and down the aisles to have sex with multiple unsuspecting men who then landed and . . . boom . . . started the AIDS epidemic.
It is true that transmission of HIV is higher as a result of gay sex than heterosexual sex, and that AIDS began primarily as a disease within the gay community in our country, but this is not a “gay disease” that flourished from a one-night stand with a monkey. It is widely accepted that the virus first spread from chimpanzees to humans in the early 20th century, likely to bushmeat hunters in Africa who had a lot of exposure to the infected animals and had the infected blood pass through a cut in their skin. These hunter dudes then had sex with lots of WOMEN (and probably some men, too . . . I’m not discounting that factor) and the virus took off.
I assume that the statistics about the lifespan of homosexuals that Senator Campfield wants us to discover through our Googling are based on the “research” done by Dr. Paul Cameron and the Family Research Institute, which has been thoroughly debunked by multiple scientific organizations and by anyone who can read the methodology with any level of critical thinking. Cameron sampled obituaries posted in gay magazines and newspapers and said, “Look at how young all the gay people are dying!” Oh, that’s conclusive.
Maybe we should ask questions like, “Is it possible that some older men and women just never were comfortable sharing their sexuality publicly?” or “Is it possible that just the untimely deaths by AIDS were being highlighted in order to raise awareness about the disease?” or “Is it possible that some gay men and women were never accepted by their families and therefore there was no one to write the obituary of the 90-year-old lesbian who lived down the street?” Or, maybe Cameron was just looking for an excuse to thumb through hundreds of gay publications. Whatever his motivation, Dr. Cameron’s efforts have gotten him expelled from both the American Psychological Association and American Sociological Association and his work has never been published in a reputable journal of his field.
Sadly, this is about what I would expect from Senator Campfield, so I shouldn’t be surprised. He has a fine and well-deserved track record of absurdity. It just makes me sad that some people in this state that I have now called home for almost a decade and love dearly actually want this guy representing our interests and priorities in the General Assembly. That truth is stranger than the fiction that the senator was spewing today.