would you panic if someone put their finger up your bum
Alison Laurie, programme director of gender and women's studies at Victoria University,
had an interesting piece in The Herald today regarding a defence of "homosexual panic". The homosexual panic defence was presented on behalf of David McNee's killer, Phillip Edwards. McNee was killed by Edwards in his bedroom after he picked up Edwards for sex.
But if you had someone put your finger up your bum to try it out for size and you were not exactly happy with that, wouldn’t you object? Furthermore, does it really matter if that person was male, female, gay lesbian or straight? If not, why call it homosexual panic? Why not just "panic"
In saying that, and agreeing with Jordan I don’t believe the man should die just because he made a mistake. I wouldn't exactly use Alison's words either:
"Those who suggest that Mr McNee brought it on himself, and that somehow he deserved to die at the fists of an amateur and supposedly reluctant sex worker, are both homophobes and hypocrites
Well, I`d use strong words, but none of them begin with H. Nor would I say, as one member of the gay community said "Sorry David, it was your own fault!"
McNee did, however, contribute to his own death. So did the parole board for letting Edwards out early. So did the police for dropping the prosecution when Edwards allegedly confessed to breaking into the home of Judge Coral Shaw and her art curator husband Peter Shaw in September 2002. Mr Shaw said that he did not want to give evidence at the trial, but apparently was not told that Edwards had confessed to the burglary. As a result, Edwards escaped a further prison term that would have kept him inside, even taking into account early parole.
I can't help wondering if there would have been as much outrage had McNee killed Edwards.
Interesting, though that the Herald did not advise readers that Alison Laurie is in long-tem lesbian relationship, runs a lesbian radio programme,(which I used to produce occasionally),is a gay activist, and prolific author - and she has been so for several decades. It would explain her interest in such cases.