Originally posted by caitlinfae
reply to post by burdman30ott6
It's not politics that has changed our opinion of this issue, it's understanding and deeper knowledge.
I wholeheartedly disagree. The fact of the matter is, since the APA removed the classification as a disorder in 1974 (following 15 years of pressure
from the "gay pride" movement in the free love 60s decade) they have gone out of their way to silence any of their members from even attempting to
discuss that the decision may have been erroneous. They completely smeared Robert Spitzer PhD, who chaired the comittee in 1980, for questioning
whether it was, in fact, a mental disorder which could be cured, even though he presented much research and evidence that showed people had been
cured. In the search for "understanding and deeper knowledge" has no tollerance for alternative theories to even be discussed and tested, then can
it truly be considered "deeper knowledge?"
I'm not trying to open a huge battle here, but even the LGBT communities own attitudes don't match up. The claim is that it is a natural hardwiring
of sexual identity and attraction which someone is born with. OK, so based on that you're either driving North or you're driving south, depending
on what way your brain was wired when you were born. I could accept this... BUT how can bisexuality be anything other than a choice, then? You
cannot drive both ways at the same time, yet the APA's current attitude is that this, too, is not a disorder or a choice. There are simply too many
deflections of disagreements, suppression of data and evidence, and flat out ad-hominem attacks agaisnt anyone who dares try to open the debate over
whether it, in fact, may have been correctly classified as a mental disorder for me to blindly change my thoughts on the topic. I mean, yeah, for
centuries man thought the Earth was flat... but after the Earth was discovered to be round, the Round Earth Society didn't take strides to prevent
people from proving their find... instead they welcomed the tests because they knew their discovery was unfailable and correct. If the APA and
opthers who support the idea that it isn't a disorder are so convicted in that belief, then why wouldn't they also welcome the challenge of those
who believe differently?