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funny story: my friend went to a posh boys boarding school, and there the lads would play a game called "shaft or gay" in the locker rooms. the premise of this game was simple: one boy had to lick another's shaft, and if he didnt, that meant was gay

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@garfiald A true witch trial.

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@garfiald what

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@CyclopsCaveman @garfiald This is why the ruling class is fucked up beyond repair.

@garfiald honestly this is amazing. was this a spectated activity? because it's very difficult to imagine anyone accepting this premise without collective pressure

@garfiald "in the locker rooms," of course... the libidinal liminality of it all

@garfiald making the lads lick my shaft or they're gay — the maddest prank of them all

@byttyrs oh this was definitely a group effort with a bunch of lads chanting "shaft or gay"

@garfiald somehow this makes me think of a sin-cleansing ritual. like one boy is designated to be the Banisher of Gay by performing an inversion in ritual space of the logic of the outside world, and if he fails the other boys are still safe — HE'S just gay

explaining the "logic" of ridiculous homophobic cis boy games 

@byttyrs @garfiald see, if you don't want to do it that must mean you're scared you'll enjoy it and be outed, but if you aren't gay you'll know you wont have anything to worry about

@nuttgodd @garfiald y'all think they ever play Shaft or Gay in the House of Lords? just for old time's sake?

@garfiald see, my personal experience of this kind of thing was the brief fad during the senior musical for Gay Chicken. but Gay Chicken doesn't have "... or you're gay" attached, arguably one of them HAS to lose or they both "lose" by just straight up gay making out or whatever

I was allowed to participate exactly once. I tipped his chin up and he was Out

@byttyrs @garfiald i played so much gay chicken in college jfc how did anyone ever think i was cishet

Cw: uhh... Hm. "Not-gay" magic? 

@byttyrs @garfiald Absolutely I was going to compare this to a sin-eating ritual. At the moment of pressure, gayness itself has been called down into the social circle, summoned by chanting, precisely in order to be banished as a kind of substitutional egregore which takes on the nature of all taboo status. In order to be banished, it must be appeased, first by transubstantiation into the body of the actor, and then by the offering of a suitable token, the shaft.

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@byttyrs @garfiald If the actor fails to fulfill their role, if they cannot carry out this ritual breaking of taboo, then they carry within themselves the 'stuck' egregore. Even within the homophobic overtones of the ritual, the premise is one of introducing these acts to all members of the group, both as initiatory, and as a means of normalizing this boundary-pushing within safe categories. Shaft must be contrasted with gay, or the illusion of straight is broken.

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@byttyrs @garfiald Like paying Charon in order to avoid being stuck in Hades' waiting room, they grant gayness its due, in order to avoid ontological subjugation to a taboo category. In its own way, it is a tacit recognition of the power of gayness as a concept within the unspoken group mythos. I would almost compare it to Abramelin workings, conjurings of--and dealings with--goetic (mostly) demons precisely in order to bind them against interference in one's life.

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@Colophonscrawl @byttyrs Your analysis is obviously correct. From a crudely Girardian perspective, it could be said that a more or less ritualised process of banishing the gay is essential to maintaining straight society, so that straight society is in effect structured around gayness as its disavowed ground.

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@garfiald garfield your friend went to bad porn plot school

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@garfiald bro. either you give me a blowjob, or ur gay lmao

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@garfiald this is a catch 22. all the boys in there are gay by default now

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@garfiald what

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@garfiald instinctively, that is both urgh and genius. Like finding a loophole in toxic masculinity.

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@garfiald this is just what i assume is happening at every rugby club ever

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@garfiald oh my god

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@garfiald magnificent. i hate it

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@garfiald logic checks out.

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@garfiald email this to zizek

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@garfiald
the salem witch trials of our time

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@garfiald ah, this brings back fond memories of my Catholic school days

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@garfiald
Girl's locker room: ew I hate p.e.
Boys locker room: deepthrought my dick or ur gay

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@garfiald Literally the only thing I got out of the 20-30 page Foucault essay that I half read in my WGS 200 class, was that in the late middle ages according to Foucault the boys in monastic schools were actually encouraged to have sexual interactions, without it being gay.

so this is part of a very long lineage of boarding schools.

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@andrew68k @garfiald wait what? i want to read this foucault essay. what was it called and/or what book was it in?

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@metapianycist Foucault's "The History of Sexuality, Volume 1" part 2, chapter 1 ("The Incitement to Discourse")

And also he was talking about 18th century schools, like I said a year ago this was a vague memory of a half-read essay 8 years ago lol
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@garfiald so did your friend shaft, or gay ?

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@Blakely i dont think he ever partook

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@garfiald so gay

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@garfiald oh yeah this checks out

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@jojo jojo

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@garfiald I have no words I’m sorry

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@garfiald I'm never going to remember what the context was but i'm definitely going to yell "shaft or gay" in 3-5 years

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@garfiald hol' up

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@garfiald ...

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@Camas Found it!

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@garfiald joke's on you I wasn't in that locker room so I'm gay

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@garfiald sounds like a fun game

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@garfiald oh mg yod lmao

i went to an all boys catholic high school and, yeah... yeah, that tracks

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@garfiald Um...trying to apply logic to this but not possible

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