A shameful display by Stephen Harper in a world where shame is on the wane
It is a nice coincidence that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell fell on Jean Genet’s birthday. If you’ve watched Un chant d’amour all the way through, you might be surprised to know that, as frank and courageous as the film is, Genet — who otherwise seems uncompromising and unbreakable — felt compelled to disown it after he’d made it.
The gradual realization of gay rights over the last generation may be the best marker for the triumph of our better instincts. As Frye says, sexual shame is fallen consciousness itself. The little less shame in the world today is the real measure of our progress.