metta8 saidThe circuit parties have always been notorious for out of control drug use.
I believe that to be true. But based on better evidence than this author presents regarding cruises. It's like saying a Ford F-150 proves that US pickups are no good, and I'll demonstrate it by talking about a Chevy Silverado. I'm sorry, but I just don't accept this faulty reasoning on many levels: poor anecdotal evidence regarding cruises themselves, and a failure to prove that cruise ships are an accurate & faithful microcosm of gay life.
This is the sloppiest example of purely opinionated writing. Maybe OK for posts on a social gay site like this one (or maybe not, actually), but not for the Advocate.
Do I believe that many gays are self-loathing, self-defeating and self-destructive? Absolutely. Do I believe it MAY stem from negative societal pressures in certain parts of the world, the US chief among them? Most likely it is a factor, along with perhaps something in our genes that makes us gay in the first place.
But portraying the Atlantis cruise as a drug-crazed romp that's a metaphor for gay problems is just queeny -- plain & simple.
So I'll do ask around if anyone we know went on that cruise, and hear from them personally about this. I wasn't aware of any going this time, but some have in the past.