Archive for the ‘Gay and Lesbian’ Category

“Gay” is A Social Construct

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

So say the historians who have actually studied the concept.  Oh yes, same sex sexual activity has been around since antiquity. But the idea that someone would call themselves “gay” or  would see that as the primary basis of their identity: that is something new.

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“Scholars don’t think the ancient Greeks had a gay minority. Rather, that civilization thought homosexuality was something anyone could enjoy. In addition to a wife, elite men were expected to take a younger male as an apprentice-lover, with prescribed bedroom roles. The system was so different from ours that to describe specific ancient Greeks as gay or straight would show profound disrespect for their experiences, and violate the cardinal historical rule against looking at the past through present-colored lenses.”

The idea of a “gay person” or a “gay minority” of the population arose relatively recently.

As in, since the mid 19th Century:

So why did a gay minority first appear only a century and a half ago, and only in the West? Some scholars say it’s because that’s when and where doctors began to pathologize people who spoke of same-sex desires or experiences. Those patients developed homosexual identities, which led others to distinguish themselves as heterosexual.

Another kind of analysis spotlights Western economic and demographic trends. Dr. D’Emilio has argued that subsistence outside the nuclear family first allowed urban young men to experience same-sex eroticism in ways that could lead to gay identity. And Katz has pointed to the increased “sexualization of commerce and commercialization of sexuality,” in which entrepreneurs profited from sex-linked books, magazines, films, bars, and baths.

Many LGBT scholars decry the attempt to read “essentialist” notions into sexual orientation.

(Cultural Anthropologist) Dr. Esther Newton noted in an essay that her field has “no essentialist position on sexuality, no notion that people are born with sexual orientations. The evidence, fragmentary as it is, all points the other way.”

I personally have always found it odd that people can simultaneously believe a) that the sex of the body is fluid and socially constructed, while b) one’s pattern of sexual attractions is immutable and genetically hard-wired.

Read the whole fascinating article.

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Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

By David J. Theroux

With A&E Network facing an avalanche of public protest and in just over one week of its decision to place family-patriarch Phil Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” from its megahit reality series Duck Dynasty, the network caved. Read more…

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Slavery and Gay Marriage? Frightening Parallels

November 27th, 2013 Comments off

By Jennifer Thieme, Director of Fincance and Advancement, Ruth Institute

This article was first published at on March 14, 2013.

Some Republican leaders recently announced their support of gay marriage, and some others claim they are following Abraham Lincoln’s legacy by supporting it. Lincoln is one of the most famous Republicans and is most well known for freeing the slaves. I was disappointed by these modern-day Republicans, because certain features that look like slavery are beginning to emerge in gay custody disputes. Read more…

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Same-sex marriage has an unexpected foe

November 13th, 2013 Comments off
The respectability of marriage would be a disaster for gays and lesbians, argues a leading academic.

Just when you thought that all the arguments against same-sex marriage had been led to the starting gates, a new horse canters up. Writing in The Conversation, a op-ed site for academics, Annamarie Jagose, an internationally renowned expert in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory at the University of Sydney, argues that legalisation would be a disaster for gays and lesbians. “Why should marriage continue in the 21st century to be a primary mechanism for the distribution of social recognition and privilege?,” she asks. Read more…

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Sexual Radicalism: Imperial Project, Global Goliath

November 2nd, 2013 Comments off

by Robert Oscar Lopez

October 28th, 2013

While US conservatives are distracted by internal debates, the wealthy and powerful international movement for LGBT rights is aggressively targeting nations that are poorer and less powerful.

Speaking before the United Nations earlier this month–bragging about American leadership in a global movement to normalize homosexuality, same-sex marriage, artificial reproductive technology, and cross-dressing–John Kerry revealed the deep pockets and loaded guns that the world’s only superpower can count on to bring such ideas to nations that have religious or cultural objections: Read more…

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Three-Parent Families—the Gay Agenda’s Trojan Horse—Legalized in California

November 1st, 2013 Comments off

from The Christian Institute. An interview, including of Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was originally published October 15th, 2013, at

Children in California will be able to legally have three parents under a new law that critics have branded a “Trojan horse for the same-sex marriage agenda.”

The new legislation is designed to cover situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent. Read more…

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Come Out and Celebrate?

October 18th, 2013 Comments off
by  , a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 alumnus

National Coming Out Day’s emphasis on “celebrating” students’ self-identification as LGBT undermines Notre Dame’s pastoral responsibility to help students develop an integrated sexual identity and a true understanding of human dignity. Read more…

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Coming to a Town Near You?

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

from Liberty Institute

In one of the most dangerous constitutional violations Liberty Institute has ever seen, the City of San Antonio passed a so-called non-discrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in a way that stifles free speech and tramples on religious liberty. Read more…

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A Pulpit for Bullies

August 13th, 2013 Comments off


To campaign against the bullying of LGBT people as if disagreement with the gay lifestyle were an evil is itself a form of bullying.

On June 19, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of a high school student named Daniel Glowacki, who had charged that his high school teacher, Jay McDowell, had violated his constitutional right to freedom of speech. He was granted one dollar in compensation. The court’s verdict, in vulgar terms, was that the pig had the right to say what he said. Read more…

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The Left, Bert and Ernie, and Lost Innocence

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Premature sexualization of kids is only the latest fallout from left-wing social-justice crusades.

If a Martian were to observe the human condition, he would have to conclude that the Left has an agenda to deprive children of their innocence. The Martian would have no other explanation for the premature sexualizing of children that the Left has engaged in for decades, and which seems to increase almost weekly. Read more…

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