section 377a

By Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7 , , Permalink 0

My friend, Princessa was the one who opened up this subject. Apparently there is a group in Singapore who wants to repeal the section 377a which according to Wikipedia and I quote.

“Section 377A was introduced in 1938 to criminalize all other non-penetrative sexual acts between men. ‘Gross indecency‘ is a broad term which, from a review of past cases in Singapore, has been applied to mutual masturbation, genital contact, or even lewd behavior without direct physical contact. As with section 377, performing such acts in private does not constitute a defense. There is no law in Singapore equally specific to non-penetrative lesbian sex.”

It seems that this repeal has been causing a quite a lot of raucous nowadays. People are taking sides, and it’s not healthy.

Gays, lesbians they are the same as the next person. It’s just a matter of preference. For me what we should dwell upon is respect. This is something that is hard to chance upon these days.

Gay people are normal human beings who just want to live without people judging censoring them. As long as they’re not stepping on anybody’s shoes, there’s no reason for us to deny them the rights that heterosexuals have.

I myself am guilty of making them feel different by trying so hard to make them feel accepted. One quarter of my friends are gay and I don’t have anything against them.

So when I read the term gross indecency in how gay acts are being described, I was taken aback. I thought we’re living in a new age? Where now is freedom of expression?

I do not want to cause trouble, and neither do I want to put my friends in a compromising situation. I merely want to voice out my opinion.

Haven’t any one of us made any choice or act that most people deem as unpopular or bordering on morality and yet we feel that we have done nothing wrong? When people scrutinizes us, we feel violated right?

Let’s give people a chance to be who they want to be. At the end of the day, it’s still their lives to live. Try to understand other people as others try to understand us.

The world is big enough to keep us from stepping on each other’s toes. There’s no need to worry about someone else’s sexuality.

Before I conclude this, I want to leave three rules that I consider as my lifes’ mantra:

1. The Golden Rule: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.

2. Machiavelli: The end justifies the means

3. Adam Smith: The invisible hand (the public will benefit as you pursue your own cause)

I didn’t really have all of these when I was a kid. Through the years, I have learned to go by these simple rules even if I’m not consciously thinking about them.

Think about these things together before you make your stand. I hope next time, judgmental people would actually stop and use their brain first before even uttering a single syllable.

(a photo of me with my best gay friend since secondary school)


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7 Comments
  • xizor2000
    October 24, 2007

    This is what Section 377A says: ” Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years. ”

    In other words, it does not only specifically cover homosexual people because the wording of it covers also bi-sexual, the perverts who enjoys such acts, and those who would just pay money for such acts just to get the kick of it. It also prevents people from doing it in public.

    When none of us would stand for even heterosexual sex in public, who would stand for people shaking one another in public, for e.g.?

    MissCel says:
    Thanks for your comment. And to tell you frankly I was trying to find out more about the section 377a. A lot of people are talking about this lately, but I’m too lazy to actually read up in detail.

    But no matter what, it still makes the same impression to me. However you want to put it, there is still a discrimination against people’s preferences. I’ve been fighting for this cause not for myself.

    I will not argue about the law because I don’t have the authority to do so. I’m voicing my opinion for the sake of the people that I care for. My gay & bi-sexual friends.

    I think people should just let the matter rest. And just let them be. I’m sure most will agree because it’s not so hard to do so. The reason why I’m even commenting on it is because it’s kinda personal to me.

  • Princessa
    October 24, 2007

    I am so not into this 377a thing… -_-“

  • xizor2000
    October 24, 2007

    The ‘preference’ argument is a slippery slope. :)

    MissCel says:
    haha! That’s what I was trying to achieve.

  • Princessa
    October 24, 2007

    Sooo not getting the facts straight… Aiya… WHATEVER LA.

  • Bulletin News
    December 6, 2007

    Phenomenal review covering on 377a at MissCel! Always enjoy your articles.

  • singapore tour
    December 17, 2007

    i am looking for information on singapore , i heard that they planning singapore to be the monte carlo of the east – anyway i wish you all the best on your post

  • Ulysses Baril
    February 17, 2008

    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

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