Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Holiday That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Today is World AIDS Day.

AIDS probably deserves its own holiday because of its unique role in society. It is the only public health issue in which the professional community does not warn against indulging its cause. After all, that would be a hate crime. This is probably not what some people mean by "silence equals death." One thing leads to another, though, and so "Boing Boing contributing editor Lisa Katayama reports on the marriage in Japan between a man known as 'Sal9000' and Nene Anegasaki, a character in the Nintendo DS dating simulation game 'Love Plus.'"

And the world goes along with it, afraid to step out of line for fear of scorn and hysteria. When discrimination against inanimate objects becomes a hate crime, what then?

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