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May 17 2012

Sushi is the gay marriage of food?

When I first saw this video of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt comparing the growing acceptance of gay marriage to sushi, I thought the comparison was too clever by half. But now that it’s been marinating in my head for a couple of days, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a completely brilliant analogy.

Taking it a step further, the sushi analogy could also be applied to the lower levels of tolerance toward GLBT people in the mid-western US. It’s land-locked for crying outloud … which means many of the types of fish used in sushi and sashimi have to be flown in to be any kind of fresh.

And then there’s the whole “sushi is an acquired taste” thing.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was not especially impressed the first time I ate sushi. I didn’t hate it, but I’m not sure I would have had it a second time if my friends weren’t so passionate about it. So there was a 3rd time, which I really enjoyed. And by the 4th time, I was completely addicted and to this day I actually mourn the fact that I didn’t discover sushi until middle age. Think of all the wasabi and soy sauce I missed out on!

So yeah, I can totally see how gay marriage could be analogous to sushi. And if my own journey with raw fish is any indication, people will not only learn to accept gay marriage, they will eventually friggin’ LOVE IT.

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