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Mental Disorder? [Jan. 29th, 2005|08:30 pm]


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Hello I'm new, i just joined. Anyways, i am currently working on a project about the APA's (American Psychiatric Association) removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Up until 1973, the reference book called the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. As a young gay male, this frightens me. What if we still lived in a world where homosexuals were considered mentally disturbed? i think we have definitely come a long way since then. Well anyways, i want to find out what some of u think about this. How do u think the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder has changed the world? Or what do u think society would be like if it were not removed?
I was also reading this web site that is put on by the Traditional Living Coalition, and they ask, "Has psychiatry really proven that homosexual behavior is normal?" As i read this i automatically asked WHAT IS NORMAL??!!!! I DONT THINK ANYONE CAN ANSWER THAT!!! so anyways, id really like to hear what people think about these subjects.

[User Picture]From: crowsensei108
2005-03-09 12:56 am (UTC)
As a strait (straight?) person who attends an art school in california, I'm moderatly sure that if I complained about gays and lesbians I would be lynched. Or simply sat on by my two lesbian friends untill my ribs caved in. But as for the rest of the country....

Well, people have always, always, always been afraid of the different, the wierd, the unusual, especialy when it would require a radical change in mindset. So instead of accepting a strange -and, to them, disturbing- new way of seeing the world, i.e, it's possible to have sex with your own gender, and for all you know there could be two guys/gals doin' it in the house right next to yours....It's so much easier to hate. But the good news is: everyone dies eventualy.

Take for instance, when Galileo discovered that the sun didn't revolve around the earth. As I recall, he died in a very unpleasent way, and people dusted their hands off and forgot about it. For a few generations. But some of the new people being born thought about it awhile more, and found that it was worth the scariness of the new idea to just have the new idea. And the best part of this was that all the close-minded old farts died. And then another generation was born that had even more people that were happy to think that there was a whole new cool solar system out there, and it worked a lot better than the old one. And now people laugh at you if you say the sun revolves around the earth.

So, now, thinking about people being gay (and horrible propaganda in children's cartoons that preach all those big, scary words like tolerance and diversity that are actualy commie plots to ruin their precious darlings's minds) is scary for a lot of people. Most people. Probably a lot of gay people out there too, who realy think they're messed up because they were unlucky enough to be born in arkansas or something. Both those people are going to die in, at most, four or five decades. And we'll still be alive. And there will be even more people with bigger views of the world, and they'll be the ones defining what's normal.

Sooo...yeah. End of speech. Three cheers for entropy!

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[User Picture]From: orange_murse
2005-03-13 06:51 pm (UTC)
WOW! THANX! You really put a lot of thought into what you said. What a great way of looking at the issue. It gives me lots of hope for the future.
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