posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 10:21 PM
Of course corprophilia is a fetish that has nothing to do with sexual orientation, and there's even an allusion to it in The Bible (2 Kings
Homosexuality was first considered a judicial issue and its treatment as a mental illness was considered the "humane" option. The American
Psychiatric Association removed it as an illness in the 1970s, following widespread legal reform in Western countries.
However, the treatments were far from humane, including brain surgery, emitics, electro-shocks and other aversion therapies. One thinks of Alan Turing
who helped to crack the Enigma Code and paved the way for the computers we are using now. Yet, he was given hormone treatments to "cure" his
homosexuality, and ended up killing himself after he grew breasts. Such repeated failures that ended in death, rather than "cures" caused the loss
of support for "conversion therapies".
For a long time other countries like China offered forced sex changes as a humane option. In many of the pre-colonial non-Western countries
homosexuality, eunuchs and "third genders" (the Hijras of India and Pakistan, or the Waria of Indonesia) were common. It was the British penal codes
that introduced legal sanctions against homosexual acts. Now many of these countries either deny homosexuality exists, or that it was imported (when
the sanctions against it were imported). In postcolonial theory they have become "colonial mimics" - more British than the erstwhile colonial
British, and more moral that the former colonizers. Arguably this was a reaction against colonial Orientalism, and regarding Africans as closest to
nature, and thus "hyper-heterosexual". These notions have become internalized.
Calling things mental disorders may sound humane, but it is a slippery slope. Religion could be called a mental disorder, or even a genetic aberration
(there have been threads on this research). In the Soviet Union a new disorder called "delayed schizophrenia" was invented to lock up political
dissidents in asylums. Many of the "therapies" against homosexuality ironically also led to sexual abuse. I think here especially of Apartheid's
infamous Dr. Aubrey Levine. When the National Party discussed law reform in the late 1960s, he announced that such reform was unecessary because he
could "cure" homosexuals. He tried his infamous experiments in the Apartheid military's Ward 22, leaving many damaged people, both physically and
mentally (and he was arrested recently in Canada for abusing several patients).
If one aims to "cure homosexuality" (anyone who has had sexual or romantic feelings towards the same sex) rather than just "gay people" prepare to
build huge asylums and to declare a large part of the population "mentally ill".
- first you would have to define "homosexuality" and whom to treat, an act or a mental attraction?
- the homosexual role may vary between cultures, some only regard feminine men as "gay", while their often married sexual partners are considered
"normal". Judicially (in Islam, or so I've been told) it is public sex before four or more witnessess that is forbidden.
- should all people who do not procreate be regarded as mentally ill, including nuns, monks, spinsters, trans-sexuals, the unfertile? Masturbation was
thought to be a mental illness or lead to it, and even oral sex is illegal in some African countries - surely that is non-procreative?
So if it's an illness, will the whole population be tested for homosexual attractions (there are brain scan tests, and tests that measure penile
arousal that are fairly accurate for this these days), and what is the proposed cure? Since same-sex sexual attraction is so easy to establish, if it
is labelled a mental disorder that requires forced treatment then there will hardly be anyone left to treat or police it.
I have a feeling several religious and political leaders will be institutionalized.
Religiously homosexuality is at worst a sin. While some adults may choose to repress that sin, can one really medicalize sins?
And if prisons, or same-sex institutions make people homosexual, then where should one put them for cofinement or recovery?
And what would one treat them to become, or what is the "normality" promised by a cure. Heterosexuality is not perfect. What is the ideal
heterosexuality? Surely adulterers, rapists, wife-beaters and fetishists are possible forms of heterosexuality, so any therapy should only result in a
very specific, ideal of heterosexuality (we wouldn't want more rapists and wife-beaters).
[edit on 21-7-2010 by halfoldman]