Barry Dredze
5 min readDec 2, 2022
Photo by Tyler Merbler (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Perversion, in its dictionary definition, takes us much further than so-called unconventional sexual depravity as it is commonly used in everyday conversation:

“[T]he act of changing something that is good or right into something that is bad or wrong; the result of this: the perversion of justice; Her account was a perversion of the truth.”

“1: the action of perverting: the condition of being perverted. 2: a perverted form especially: an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual.”

In fact, expanding upon those commonly used characterizations of perversion can be most enlightening.

During an argument over LGBTQ+ rights, I once called an old neighbor and frenemy of mine a “pervert.” Since they firmly believed, perhaps as an article of faith, that LGBTQ+ people are the perverts (“love the sinner, hate the sin!”), they did not take it well. But I will always stand by it. Especially with folks that are presumptuous enough to assert any privilege to define what is “normal” or not. In fact, I might even suggest that those who obsess about how anyone else but whoever they happen to be fucking gets off, especially to the point of public policy discourse, is a little weird. So, they didn’t like that and that’s tough, because in these United States of America, we should elect lawmakers to make laws, not decide punishments for subjective sins.

The roll call vote for the Senate’s Respect for Marriage Act on Nov. 29 shows only 12 Republicans voting in favor, many retiring or otherwise leaving the Senate, including Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

The Republican Party as we know it now perverts the very meaning and expressed mission of these United States, “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Historically, and consistently, fascists and other totalitarians always want to be our moral…



Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.