7.09.2005

Andrew Sullivan's Pathological Narcissism

I'd now like to attack Andrew Sullivan, just because.

Sully -- who has become a bit of a leftist, Abu-Ghraib obssessed crank since Bush's call for an amendment to ban gay marriage hurt his tender feelings -- now bloviates about his HIV-improved physique and sex life in a recent Advocate column. Excitable Andy somehow has gotten it into him that the world wants him to DIE and he is courageously standing up against hiv-phobes by having GREAT sex:

I’m sorry. At the tender age of 41—a year longer than I once thought I would live—I have never felt better. HIV transformed my life, made me a better and braver writer, prompted me to write the first big book pushing marriage rights, got me to take better care of my health, improved my sex life, and deepened my spirituality.

I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better.

Yes, I take testosterone and human growth hormone, and I now weigh 190 pounds. I discovered a couple of abs in my midsection the other day. I’ll try to disguise them. Do they sell burkas online? I’ve even enjoyed sex more since I became positive—more depth, more intimacy, more appreciation of life itself. Sorry.


Yes Andrew, we know -- you're HOT! You have great sex! You are deeper than the rest of us! Don't worry about the effects that writing things like "HIV improved my sex life" in a gay mag may have on the gay negs, struggling to stay neg! It's all about you anyway! We want to know more about your sex life, your eloquence, your spirituality, and how HIV improved all of them! This HIV sounds like a great supplement! Like a super-multi-vitamin!

My psycho-babble theory about Andrew Sullivan is that his ideology is merely a reflection of his moods and psychological problems, since he seems to swing rapidly from position to position with a veneer of "thought" behind it. When he was young and gay -- which would make any normal guy rebellious, radical, and socialist -- Andrew loved Reagan and Thatcher. He was a "Good Gay" who longed for the approval of the Church elders and the right. He never went thru his rebellion stage. So when his beloved Bush (which he seemed to have an unrequited crush on) turned on him and endorsed the gay-marriage amendment, he turned against the war and the right. Now he prattles on about "Christianists" and Abu Ghraib.

It's called pathological narcissism -- an obssession about the self and an attempt to protect it from all hurt. Bush hurt your feelings? Turn against the war and join the feverish left. People saying hurtful things about HIV -- like, say, it's better to be neg than poz? Proclaim your superiority! Brag about your sex life!

What I like about Andrew Sullivan is what I like about Tom Cruise -- they can only hide their insanity in short stretches. Sooner or later, they reveal themselves and provide amusement for the rest of us.

update Dan from GayPatriot has posted a much more thoughtful piece on the question of Miss Sullivan, HIV, and the creepy "HIV improved my sex life" column.

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