Although Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been criticized for his choice of words in describing homosexuality the act of gay sex, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) uses language that is just as graphic, if not more so, in describing the practice of sex. The CDC is one of the federal government’s leading health voices, but it has managed to skate free from criticism while Robertson’s remarks have been described as “disgusting” and “vile.”
Robertson was suspended indefinitely from the A&E show after his statements in a GQ interview, in which he declared that, “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) later described his comments as some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication, much of the language is similar to that of statements by the CDC. The CDC repeatedly uses the terms “anus” and “anal sex” when describing homosexuality, although they don’t make any judgments on the act itself.
The CDC’s response about whether someone can get HIV from anal sex states that, “Having anal sex without using a condom is the riskiest type of sex for getting or spreading HIV. During anal sex, it’s possible for either partner—the insertive (top) or the receptive (bottom)—to get HIV. HIV can be found in the blood, semen (c*m), preseminal fluid (pre-c*m), or rectal fluid of a person infected with the virus. The bottom is at greater risk of getting HIV because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex, but the top is also at risk because HIV can enter through the opening of the penis or through small cuts, abrasions, or open sores on the penis.”
However, this fact seems to be lost on much of the liberal public. The NAACP and Human Rights Campaign released a statement which says that Robertson’s comments “fly in the face of science.”