Sunday, April 28, 2013

Indifference and Love

There are two common ways by which people deal with those who say that homosexual behavior is "wrong," "bad," a "sin," or something similar. As I noted in my last post, I often get as annoyed by fair-weather "traditionalists" as much as I get annoyed by pro-gay folk, but that doesn't really change the focus of this post. That is, regardless of how unsophisticated a suburban soccer mom's convictions may be, I think her underlying desires are important to analyze. I'll explain what I mean.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Futile Struggle

Being in law school, about to graduate, I have become incredibly discouraged with the state of the modern world, especially the legal world. Not because of the laws themselves necessarily, but how people approach issues. Especially moral issues. People rarely approach these issues critically. Worse, they rarely approach them with any understanding of foundational principles. The things that really matter are just assumed true, and people beg the question all over the place without even realizing it. Law probably represents a sort of quintessential example of this. Can't come to a philosophically consistent position? Doesn't matter. Just call a previously clueless position "precedent" and rely on it like it justifies your absurdities.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Conversion Therapy, Sex, and Women

Crude wrote something in the comments of the last post that I want to address; he said:
But I wonder about a therapy for expanding someone's sexual attraction being more feasible - such that, eliminating some man's attraction to men (or some man's attraction to women for that matter) may not be realistic. But what about a therapy that doesn't affect that, but does make women sexual attractive to that man?
I don't think there's anything wrong with what he says here. I just want to expand on it a little bit. And I want to do so with a story.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Place for the Cure?

I've been putting writing this post off for some reason. Mostly because I've been busy, but also because it's been a little difficult to write. Because I know talking about sex and gender and all that is touchy but also because I'm working with a lot of unknowns. There's no such thing as a cure to homosexuality. In fact, with homosexuality, most people don't even know what's wrong, much less how to treat it. There are obviously a lot of things we think we know, but something like a "cure" is almost science fiction. (I will be doing a post on "conversion therapy" soon.)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter and Christian Love

I'll start with an awkward story. I am terrible at confession. Truly terrible. When I go in there I sound so stupid. It is honestly the most uncomfortable thing I do in my life. And the priests are always really great. They try really hard to make it comfortable, so it makes me feel even worse. What I find most interesting is that you can tell they expect me to confess masturbation or some other sexual sin. When I don't (and say, like, that I should be more careful on the internet in general), they think I'm skirting around saying it. I don't blame them for this, obviously. I imagine it is the most common confession that they get. At least from men.