I cringed on seeing those memes the first time.
I am all up for politically incorrect, problematic humour (given the proper time and space and people), but this was something that just passed me by. I JUST COULDN’T GET IT.
What was the reference they were making to? Why was it gay, even?
I tried to search for reasons, and guess what? I could not get even a single one as to why people believe vaping is actually gay.
So, I think that is the problem with memes – sometimes, they reflect your own stupidity. Take the cue from those “Tag A Rahul/Neha“.
But I tried to get to the bottom of this, and here are some reasons why I think this stereotype has been disseminated (because obviously, no article out there could pacify me).
Homosexuality = not real sex
Vaping = not real smoking
You know what they say about same-sex love, right?
How can you enjoy sex if it is not peno-vaginal?
Homosexual intercourse is not “real sex”. Hence, vaping is not really smoking because it does not involve “real” cigarettes. It’s just to make you feel as if you are smoking when in reality you are not.
Quite the same stereotype applied to the LGBTQ community.
Being a man
You must have heard people asking you to “man-up” or “be a man”. Though I can be wrong, but this argument seems too strong to be refuted.
Smoking is usually considered a hypermasculine activity.
Opting for vaping might throw you down that ladder of becoming/being an alpha male. At least that’s what they say – “men try the REAL thing.” (cyanide to your stereotypes, maybe? But that’s just an afterthought).
Just like gay people are made to exist at the periphery of society, so are people who vape from the group that smokes. Microcosmic, but convincing enough.
…and then cometh science
Should I just leave it at that? Homosexuality is apparently like cancer which you can catch if you smoke too much, at least this is what this study means to say.
The meme culture is as poisonous as smoking, to some extent. The increasing threat is that people cannot even justify the views that they side by. If you support a meme that says vaping is gay, there has to be a reason why you giggle after reading it.
From all the material I have read on it put on the internet, there were just memes in the name of justification, no real information.
Even if you do side by scientific research proclaiming that vaping makes you a homosexual, you know it is flawed science. Because homosexuality is something you are born with, not something that is cultivated.
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