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To consider homosexuality an abnormal condition should not to be correlated with bigotry or homophobia, any more than considering alcoholism as abnormal would be tantamount to being "alcoholophobic."
I have to laugh sort of when people say...anyone who constantly dwells on how society views them have a mental problem.
But it's a fact. A stable and healthy mind doesn't give a rat's ass what other people think.
I know this because, a couple of decades ago, I used to constantly worry about how I was perceived by others, and I used to drink myself into a "comfort zone" where I no longer cared. That is a mental disorder. Finally, I sought the advice of a psychologist, who showed me — or, rather, helped me to rediscover — that a balanced and independent mind does not need a crutch. Subsequently, I gave up drinking, released my fear, and returned to the world of the living.
So, living at the mercy of other people's opinion of you definitely is a mental disorder. It's a fearful, self-perpetuating obsession, but it can be broken.
Doesn't matter what you blame for your problem — whether it's social injustice or political oppression or just mean old homophobes — the fact is that it's your problem, nobody else's, and it's up to you to release your fear and get rid of that useless baggage.
II Disorders of Sexual Preference (Paraphilias) and Homosexuality
This category of disorders is strongly influenced by prevailing social and cultural attitudes, since it concerns whether particular types of sexual behaviour are accepted as “normal” by society. Consider, for instance, how masturbation was openly condemned in Victorian England, or how homosexuality is still readily considered deviant in many segments of Asian society and we realize the controversy surrounding this subject. However, sexual behaviours would certainly be considered problematic if harm is caused to another person, e.g. forcible sexual intercourse with a child. Distress may also be experienced by individuals who harbour moral conflicts, feel rejected by others or have relationship difficulties as a result of their sexual preferences.
Homosexuality, though not considered to be a psychosexual disorder per se, is discussed in this section, because patients present quite commonly with distress directly relating to their homosexual orientation and lifestyle.
The cause of homosexuality is still hotly debated. Both biological and psychosocial factors probably play a role. There is no clear evidence to clearly establish a genetic or hormonal basis. Others have pointed to homosexuals having a poor relationship with the parent of the same sex during childhood, who may have been weak and ineffectual or cold and distant.
Originally posted by ReelView
A couple observations ---
1. The gays I've seen and known are always and I do mean always predatory way beyond that heterosexuals are. That's a bit of a stereotype but it's my experience. I have never met an "open" gay who is not openly predatory. Of course lots of heterosexuals today feel they are "liberated, smart, enlightened" by being sexually open. Ignorance knows no bounds.
Originally posted by ReelView
2. The higher relationship of real love is friendship. It is not sex. Sex is a low class beastly function that lowers the consciousness. Marriage (heterosexual) is not a declaration of sex. It is a recognition of the struggle with sex and the goal of moderation in pursuit of a family. A homosexual by definition is stating they have placed love and friendship on a lower pedestal in order to selfishly pursue sex. Yes, today the brainwashing is everywhere and the struggle for singles to pursue abstinence in favor or love and friendship is very hard. And we are let to believe by the 2 bit video advertisements that all singles in their teens and twenties are wild. Perhaps many or most are but that is the power of brainwashing.
Originally posted by dragonking76
Also, in my experience, homosexuality isn't as rare as it used to be. If religious sects really want to decrease it they should just shut up, and start making more children's programming, because they are losing.
Originally posted by Amaterasu
reply to post by
In fact, there is strong evidence that homosexuality is used in nature to control populations - there is a species of gull that goes homosexual when populations reach a certain level.
Given the sometimes extremely crowded conditions of our inner cities, I might expect to see an increase of homosexuality in our species.
[edit on 3/30/2009 by Amaterasu]
It shows 53 percent of the estimated 56,000 cases of new HIV infection in 2006 were among gay and bisexual men,
In the United States, HIV infection and AIDS have had a tremendous effect on men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM accounted for 71% of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 (based on data from 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting), even though only about 5% to 7% of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM [1, 2].