hello all, i´m a long-time watchmen fan but only recently i´ve discovered this forum ... looks like a good place indeed!
i´ve lurked a bit and read some topics, and since i´m very fond of the many levels the watchmen characters display, i´d like to chip in my two euro-cents here ...
rorschach´s sexuality, eh? i´ve read some very interesting thoughts here, and i agree with most of what alea iacta est said, for example.
to add something:
let´s not forget that rorschach sees the world exclusively in black and white terms. everything he encounters is neatly sorted into good and bad. the important thing is, that he has made up his own set of standards for good and bad. these personal standards don´t necessarily coincide with society´s standards, much less with the law. society, and the law as a product of this, are for roschach very often too flawed, too corrupt to accept. (still, he can be a stickler for rules, e.g. when he berates moloch for possessing a gun without the necessary licence)
he bases his standard on a moral highground, which is very similar to conservative views and values ("sex = private issue", "normal = heterosexual", "homosexuality = bad").
he most certainly does not hate women in general - as long as they are "good women", they are to be protected (he frequently hunts down rapists) and respected (he makes a point of being respectful to laurie, even when he´s suspicious; but he calls her mother and his landlady "whores").
that´s not all there is, though. we´ve established that rorschach (or walter) is an extremely messed-up being. it struck me that, in fact, he´s also very childlike. his romanticized view of "love" shows this attitude. romantic "love", for a child, is this big, clean picture of mommy and daddy holdng hands and being happy. the sweaty part doesn´t enter this picture, it would spoil it entirely, like walking in on your parents when they are getting it on. a child would never want to see this, it would make him/her feel extremely uncomfortable. walter, however, was forced to witness exactly this, presumambly more than once, and under far worse circumstances.
usually, however, children grow up, face the embarrassing teen years, discover just how sex fits into romance and go through live with this changed attitude.
rorschach wasn´t allowed to experience this change - so maybe he has not grown up emotionally.
now and then, he makes very feeble attempts at connecting emotionally: in the interview with dr. long, he calls the minutemen his "friends", but he´s having trouble of reacting to dan´s freindship in an appropriate way - hence the prolonged handshake, which touches him extremely (that´s how i always read it).
(and, help me out here people: doesn´t he pocket dan´s "nostalgia" bottle at one point? does he use it, because he´s realized he smells? could this be a child-like attempt at trying to please? gosh, there really are so many details in the GN....)
okay, i´m done rambling for now. please excuse the mess.