Carrie Prejean's topless photos and her anti-gay rhetoric illuminate the link between those two great American institutions: gay-bashing and pornography. As pre-teen boys start to figure out who they are, they're encouraged by older boys to express their normalness by lining up along school hallways and discussing girls as body parts. If you, as a pre-teen boy, aren't keen to this, if you, perhaps, have friends that are girls, and have a problem reducing girls to a series of orifices in public conversation, then you are gay, pure and simple. So says the predominant male teen culture. As a young teen boy, your qualms don't matter, and you'd better show up for the sport, or suffer the queer-label all through high school. To help a boy along this journey are soft porn photos such as those disseminated by Ms. Prejean, photos that are easy to come by, even if you're not looking for them. Photos like hers are like a beer in the family fridge, an accessible curiosity that pulls a boy along a path.
Carrie Prejean's topless photos aren't really sexual, but rather, political propaganda, because they lead impressionable youth forward into a culture in which there is only one way to view women, only one acceptable type of beauty, and only one type of sexuality. You see, Carrie Prejean's job is not so much to deny rights to gays, but to teach that most necessary of all Republican virtues: social conformity.