"Before, it was better." Who has never heard this reactionary antiphon? I unfortunately hear it too often for my taste. One of the last times I read it was on a Facebook post, the author was complaining about "invented genres" and the "thought police" that supposedly plague today. Today, he said, you can't say anything, whereas before, you liked Freddy Mercury, Jimmy Somerville or Boy Georges. "We didn't have an injunction to be tolerant, but we didn't care about the sexual orientation of these people.
For the conservatives, "the old days were better" is a real motto. Some of them actually mean it. They think that life was better before, including in terms of tolerance. Of course, they will quickly slip into the argument that "today, LGBTQIA+ activism provokes the hateful reactions that it denounces". It's well known, these are the same people who will tell you that feminism triggers misogyny and that if a woman is raped, it's because she asked for it.
We recognize there, the hypocritical argumentation and the bad faith of this type of free assertion.
This is not new: Martin Luther King was already accused of provoking racial hatred.
The will and intention of these conservative activists, under the guise of false tolerance, is to maintain all the status quo and normativity in society. In short, if the only sexuality shown in society is heteronormative, these ladies and gentlemen are willing to tolerate the existence of homosexuality but with two conditions. First, that it remains hidden (except for those extraverted popstars who put a little color and excitement in their lives) and second, that this human sexuality is simple to understand. "Homosexuality, we want to recognize its existence", they hammer, "bisexuality, it's already more difficult to understand but don't bother us with fluidity, non-binarism, demisexuality, queers or God knows what else...".
In fact, conservative ideology is an ideology of fear. We are afraid of what we don't understand, we are afraid of complexity, we are afraid of what we can't stereotype and put into a little box. Of course, this fear is not devoid of imperialist will because fear provokes the will to regulate, the will to simplify, the will to hierarchize.
And more fundamentally, there is also the fear of the unknown in the other but also in oneself. The curator is perhaps afraid of what he might find deep inside himself, if he opened the doors of possibility, the doors to his personal abyss and to his repressed.
As a witch, opening doors to inner and outer mysteries is our daily routine. Liminal and twilight walks are the basis of our practice, which is why witchcraft is more likely to be, by nature, a non-binary spirituality.
We do not believe that "the old days were better" but rather that, as we move forward in time, we become more aware of the extraordinary complexity of the universe and human nature. We become aware of the place of the singularity of each individual, of each aspiration, of each situation. We are no longer satisfied with simplifications, whether social, scientific or spiritual. We break down the boxes and the shackles, the dogmas and the boxes because we become aware of the fluidity and the profoundly chaotic nature of the Universe. A Chaos that laughs at any binary thought, a protean Chaos in all the domains of the being including, that of sexuality.