Thursday, February 28, 2013

Parents of the Year

I was trying to finish a post before I left, but I don't think it's going to happen. I'll be out of town for the weekend, so it'll be pretty quiet around here. I thought I'd link an article I came across on the Yahoo! News feed while not paying attention in class this morning: (Six-Year-Old) Transgender Girl's Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom.

I apologize for my old-fashioned, sexist, heteronormative attitudes here, but I think that these parents might be bad parents. My favorite comment: "When my kid was 6 he thought he was a train." The usual disclaimers: in no way do I think that the plight of sexually disabled people isn't important or that such things should just be poked fun at and ignored (this is sort of the point of the whole blog); I just think it might be a better idea to wait until the kid is at least an adult (in every sense of the word) before parading him (there, I said it) around the news circuit.

Incidentally, I think if you want to see the effects of philosophical movements that endorse the mind-body split, transgenderism is the perfect place to look. Take a look at a couple of these quotes:
"Gender is who you believe yourself to be and your sexuality is who you want to bounce it off of." (Emphasis mine)
"There was never a question in my mind. This is who I am."
The basic assumption being that what you think or what you feel is who you really are, what counts as true. I very much pity transgender people, often more than homosexuals, who have way more ability to live happy, productive lives despite their sexuality; I just think this entire worldview is built on a mistake. It's also sort of interesting how there's this really strong materialist element there too, where people will say things like, "well, my physical brain is like a woman's brain, so I'm a woman!"---assuming that the entire rest of their body is the defective thing, not the brain itself. Really interesting stuff.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Should Homosexuals Marry People of the Opposite Sex? PART TWO

As I noted in PART ONE of this series, this issue is especially important to me. As I near my 30's and all my siblings and friends are married with children (hopefully not like the show), I am well aware that I'm going to have to make a decisions about this pretty soon. What I really want to do in this part of the series is get down to the question itself, though, both from a natural law and a personal perspective. That is, whether a homosexual person should consider marrying a person of the opposite sex.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chastity: PART FOUR (Friends)

The virtue of chastity more often has to do with the things we do before we are sexually tempted. One practices chastity when he prepares for highly sexual situations, and one practices chastity when he avoids imprudent sexual temptation. He violates chastity when he purposely ignores the things he should prepare for (not making sure there's a separate hotel room for his secretary), or when he actively seeks things that arouse his passions (pornography). Most people understand this pretty well. We always tell married men to avoid close relationships with females, and everyone knows (or at least says) that "guys and girls can't just be friends." I think there's a lot to this saying, even if it's a little cliche. It is very difficult to not fall in love with (or at least lust after) the people around us given a certain amount of time. There's other implications to this saying, like that men are only driven by sex, which I think are ridiculous, so I won't spend much time with them. But I do want to focus on what this principle means for homosexuals, especially ones interested in being chaste.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chastity: PART THREE (Lent and Vice)

The unthinkable!
I meant to get this post out yesterday for Ash Wednesday, but it didn't happen. This'll be a shorter post, but I do want to discuss something I think is important, especially considering my last post (which I encourage you to read before this one): how people view fasting, lent, and masturbation.

When I was in high school, by far the most commonly talked about Lenten sacrifice was giving up masturbation. This was sort of the "ultimate" sacrifice, and everyone joked about it (I didn't go to a Catholic school or anything; it just always came up). I can remember these kids who I knew made pacts to quit for the 40 days, etc. A few of them wore bracelets as reminders. I think only a couple succeeded, and a few, I'm pretty sure, lied about succeeding. I imagine that this is still a very popular topic and practice today. At the time, this whole no-masturbation-for-Lent thing annoyed me to no end. I didn't know why, and I wasn't really religious then so I didn't really have anything I could bring up when they talked about it, but it really bugged me. I can think of a few reasons now. One, it made Lent feel like some weird adolescent competition. Sort of just like this childish game that kids can laugh about. It made something that was supposed to be special, divine even, into lockerroom jokes. Two, I was jealous and annoyed that I couldn't do something like that (something I doubt I'd admit at the time). And three, it absolutely misses the point of  (and perverts) the Lenten sacrifice. I want to spend the most time on three.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chastity: PART TWO (How I Stopped)

A patent for some sort of
anti-masturbation device
This has been a difficult post to write. For a couple of reasons. One, it's sort of an awkward topic. And two, I've had difficulty trying to determine what it is that helped me. But I want to get this out because it ties in with the next post, which I want to get finished by Ash Wednesday. As the title indicates, the purpose of this post is to help people stop the masturbation and pornography habit. The number of people (especially men (though I hear the number of women is incredibly high too)) who look at pornography and/or masturbate daily (give or take) is not negligible. (50 points to the first person who can tell me where I got the "not negligible" language.) If it had to make a wager, I would say it represents the vast majority of the post-pubescent population in the country. At any rate, there may be some "too much information" details here, but I'll only include them if I think they're necessary.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sorry guys. I was trying to finish up this post for tonight because I want to put up a follow-up one by Ash Wednesday, but it didn't get done. It should be up (with the follow-up close behind) tomorrow. I will take this time, though, to say goodbye to The Holy Father. I liked Benedict a lot. And I will miss him.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Should Homosexuals Marry People of the Opposite Sex? PART ONE

I've brought this question up in other contexts, and it never goes very well. For most, a mixed-orientation marriage is incredibly pathetic. For others, it's just plain wrong. Even for the religious, even for people who absolutely affirm that homosexual activity is immoral, it's treated with some serious suspicion. I want to discuss why this is. Note that I did not title this "Should Gay Men Marry Women?" I did this on purpose. I've noticed that the idea of gay men marrying women is pretty much categorically disliked, while people are much more receptive to the idea of gay women marrying men. Also, such lesbian-man marriages seem (though I don't have any stats on this) to be much more popular. This will be discussed at least in some detail. This series will probably be two (maybe three) parts long. For this first part, I want to discuss why a gay person (especially a gay man) would even consider marriage to someone of the opposite sex. The second part will focus more on answering the question at issue.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Update

Xάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη,

It's been some time since the last post. I hate blogs that don't update. So here's an update. I've been both busy and lazy (super busy yesterday, lazy today), but I think the next post (which should be up tomorrow) touches on some interesting stuff. I was trying to have that finished by tonight, but I failed, and it's now very late. And I have class early in the morning. Also, I forgot to put the trash out. Hopefully I remember to do that in the morning!

Have a wonderful tomorrow.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

LGBT 4: Emotions

Crude wrote a couple of things on my last post that I want to comment on (and add to, with some examples, perhaps). First, he writes: 
"That's one reason I think that arguments only work so much in with this topic: as near as I can tell, the cultural shift on the question of LGBT behavior had next to nothing to do with arguments or intellectual reflection, and a lot - an incredible amount - to do with emotion, PR, and mere rhetoric/framing. Not to mention general ineptitude on the anti-LGBT side, including hypocrisy. And not just the Ted Haggard variety, but a too-often unwillingness to address the problems in the non-LGBT community as well, not to mention the problems with modern 'hetero' marriage."
To support what he says here, I want you to take a look at this video about a homosexual kid who was raised Catholic. The video is kind sad (And incredibly low quality? Were things really this bad in '08?). You really feel for that kid, at least at first. Or I do anyway. But you have to really pay attention as to what's going on here. The whole video's around 4 minutes (which, as far as internet is concerned, is like 3 and half minutes too long), but I want you to take a look anyway, paying close attention to how the son frames the issue and the last thing the father says at the end:

Friday, February 1, 2013

LGBT 3: Inclusiveness

I don't really want to do it, but I guess I should address some Boy Scout stuff. I honestly don't know that much about the Boy Scouts, and truth be told, they were always really lame to me when I was a kid. This may have been my dad's influence, but they always, always looked goofy to me. They were also kind of touchy-feely Christian when I came across them. Not a real big fan of that. But this post isn't really about what I thought about the Boy Scouts as a little kid. It's about the Boy Scouts considering changing its policy on homosexual membership. More than that, though, it's about the concept of "inclusiveness" and how that concept is a means of subversion.