Anyway, this semester at my new school, I registered for a high level sociology course. It's based on various forms of social movements, and this past week, our topic of discussion was gay liberation. Last night was a very interesting class, and it gave me a unique opportunity to express my thoughts on the issue of sexuality and human rights, two topics I feel strongly about. Fortunately, my teacher likes me (woo!) and I had plenty of room to be as liberal and graphic as I wanted, to argue my points. However, the class came to an abrupt end, following some of my 'peers' comments that were ultimately offensive and illogical.
My purpose for writing this is to refute homophobia and discrimination against homosexuals, or any other term you'd like to use for people who participate in same-gender sexual activities, whether occasionally, sometimes, once in a while, or exclusively.
The news has been filled with horror stories of suicide, police brutality and assault against homosexuals, in particular men. It is really sickening, and Americans are having a hard time responding properly to it. Our friends across the Atlantic (Europeans) are more likely to riot, picket and lobby for change, but alas, my lazy countrymen won't take their hand out of the bag of chips, turn off the TV and stand up for what's right, through protest.
One not-so-gentleman gave us his rendition of homosexuality- it was "unnatural". My professor refuted his argument based on the Freudian principle that all humans are born polymorphously perverse. This concept means that the human body will react to multiple, even infinite, sexual stimulus, however through environmental influences, particularly in our modern patriarchal and gender specific era, feelings are sublimated deep inside. This infers that sexual orientation is not decided at birth or at any point in life; sexual orientation is a man-made aspect of human life that truly does not exist naturally. In the animal kingdom, homosexuality can be observed across nearly all species. Reaction to stimuli is the true 'normal'. Another fine gentleman concurred that homosexuality was wrong because it was immoral. I challenged him and said that I had no morals, but only logical and analytical thought processes. People should not believe what they hear is right and wrong, but it is to be determined by that individual. This launched a discussion of what is right and what is wrong.
Right = anything that is consensual among involved parties, and not harmful to those not included. Wrong would be anything that violates consent or brings harm to others. If morals are a sense of right and wrong, then one can conclude that there is nothing immoral about homosexuality in any regards, provided both parties agree to it.
I do have some more to say, but I want some breakfast. Maybe later i'll build on this. I've got to prepare a written response to the class anyway, and I figured I'd throw some ideas in a blog to read back to myself.
Oh, i'll give you the end of the class. It was essentially 10 people opposing homosexuality versus myself, my professor and one other person supporting homosexuality. My poor professor, a psychologist with a doctorate, was incredible offended and upset when someone said they were "proud" to be homophobic towards men specifically. She decided to end an otherwise entertaining class discussion (it was slipping anyway, the kids are too stupid) and send us all home half an hour early.
Wake up America, it's not 1950 anymore, and we're not in Kansas. No matter your sexuality, race, religious affiliation, gender or whatever, be mindful that there are other groups of individuals in society that are just like you. Show them respect at least for their natural civil rights as a human being, and don't discriminate because they make alternative choices in life. I feel that homosexuals, bisexual, bicurious or whatever, are at an elevated level of sexual liberation than other people. Rather than suppressing desires, you could allow your development to flourish and at least let the thoughts ferment on your mind. Be one with your self.
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