That Moi University students have a knack at intellectually wallowing on topical debates is not in contention. However, many are also proving they are rigorous on matters literature and sexuality. Days after Binyavanga Wainaina revealed he is gay, Mwamburi Mwang’ombe, a former student leader at the university and literature major brought back the discussion in a post titled: AM I A HOMOSEXUAL:
Mwamburi Mwangombe: Binyavanga is in Heaven, he has achieved the integrity or “Wholeness” that psychologist Gustav Jung tells mankind to perpetually seek. Binyavanga is the only being that has been able to subdue that holier-than-thou public faÃ§ade that continue to enslave many a souls.
He is not a casualty of a cooked social order and the boring-mediocre religious orthodoxy that is being propagated by the subtle theological enthusiasts who have hurt than made our lives. Unlike with me, women disappear from Binyavanga’s mind quickly â€“ in intimate sense because he falls into love with men only.
In his confessions to nobody but God, Binyavanga says “when at the age of seven, when I shook the hand of a man, the feeling made me suddenly ripped apart and lonely.The feeling is not sexual. It is certain. It is overwhelming… homosexuality is a turbulent speed-train which will definitely go through the dark and bright bits in its tunnel but eventually arrive at its destination.” This sets him apart as a sincere being wired to die for things loftier than sex, things certain and overwhelming.
It is this “coming out” that has given us the platform to float our own struggles with alternative sexual orientation, that which shallow scholars have called homosexuality. He has made me pose the question “how proud and satisfied are those men or even women who have fallen into love with members of their opposite sex?” How many of us struggle with tendencies alien to our social conscience yet we are never confident to come out? After all, do not know that we all habour some same-sex fantasies, at least in the psychoanalytic terms? Otherwise how do you explain such observations as follows?
There is that standard woman who every true African man admires, that woman who is endowed with succulent rears. She is the woman who cuts short a bible discussion whenever her passing glance calls for some generous ogles. Now, for those who have defined homosexuality with metallic terms, what makes a fully grown man like you and me die to have or even look at a woman heavy at the rear when we fully know that the documents which matter are at the front? What is this obsession with piercing ogles at the vent of feaces? Sheer homosexuality that is awaiting its opportunity to blossom! It is this behavior that will tempt us to sink into such great behinds as of literati Binyavanga.
You ever thought of why most men feel uncomfortable whenever they are forced to share a bed with another man? This shows a pricking consciousness to the reality of the repressed homosexual traits. Social scientists will in details explain this misnomer in the stages of development. When we are thus informed, we seek tolerance and acceptance with those struggling with traits too big and alien to us. We will not bury our heads in the sand assuming that the misfit of homosexuality will fly away by itself.
The problem with Kenya is the many busybodies who are so enthusiastic to condemn any person with a perception that is not theirs. It is because of this that we have failed to see tribalism as a form of homosexuality because we are unable to interact with those from a different divide. This abnormal love of people the same to us is what I call a disguised homosexuality.
Doesn’t God accept such?
Shem Berveton:Â The grey areas of human sexuality are more profound in same sex unions.Moral relativist contend that the criteria for determinig the abominable are the value systems of a cultural constituency unlike puritans who condemn such eccentricites.
Were wa’Shitseswa:Â Thought we loved the heavily rear-ed women because of the potential assurance of a good cushioning during the making of god’s bits of wood! Be frank with these things….Anyway, the bend-over literati is representing the minority and therefore repressed attitudes, personalities, groups etc which society thinks it is mandated to condemn because of the advantage in numbers. The point is very clear: the dominant discourse is not the only discourse; and as the boy Amuka says, you do not need to have lived in California or New York to be global because even those in Khumusalaba village are part of the globe and therefore global.Â But, the problem eating Binyavanga and what he represents is the same problem we, including him and his anus, have helped create: that numbers count. With this, society is slowly eating itself until the last man standing shall discover the misfortune he has brought the rest in their graves. The big issue is not where someone inserts his penis. Nor what enters the rear up. The issue is in how many people support or cast upon it the first stones.Â That, sir, is the big issue.
Martin Kunyia: “You ever thought of why men feel uncomfortable whenever forced to share a bed with a fellow man?” Apa Mwambeo literati, Sigmund Freud knew you will hammer the paining truths in the many souls. Did he not say that, those unacceptable (socially) schemas are repressed or stored in the unconscious not to bother and torment the awareness? Did he not say that anything repressed either a memoir or a threat are equal in the grand reality, every imagination is an act behind bars waiting the day of freedom? You are right, what the sway “homosexual” defination will assume, it is true, it is in us men.
Otieno Sikuri: Erudite and quixotic.
Editor’s note: Let discourse continua….