Sexual orientation

Now pay attention: there will be a test

Pete has threatened to make this one of the Quiz questions.  You have been warned.

Straight or gay. These are the two sexual orientations general society is seemingly happy to accommodate.

In 1948, sexologist Alfred Kinsey developed what is now known as the “Kinsey Scale”; a measure that ranges from zero to six in an attempt to help people identify their sexual desires.

Zero on the scale is exclusively heterosexual, six is exclusively homosexual, and everything in between is just that – something in between wholly straight, and wholly gay.

Many decades later, more specific terms have emerged to help minorities define themselves outside of the “one or the other” box.

Bisexual, for starters, is one you’ve definitely heard of but may not understand. Ratings one through five on the Kinsey Scale denote bisexuality in different measurements, with three being “equally heterosexual and homosexual”; a description society generally understands as bisexual.

However, the bisexuality spectrum is broader than that. Some are predominately attracted to one sex, but also attracted to another incidentally. Important to understand in comprehending bisexuality is its fluidity.

A bisexual person may feel varying levels of attraction at different periods of their life. Some even refer to themselves as hetero- or homoflexible, and some identify as bicurious, which is the mere curiosity of bisexuality without necessarily acting on it.  Read more »

Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is a transgender woman, Davina Ayrton, who raped a teenager before he started living life as a woman. She is being sent to a male prison as she has male plumbing. Given her history of rape she would be a threat to women in a female prison.

Those who promote transgender rights in prison would argue that she is in danger of rape in a male prison. We discussed transgender toilets yesterday. Do we now need transgender prisons? Even then they would have to be segregated by actual gender to lessen the threat of rape. Gay men and women are sent to prison based on their gender not their sexual orientation. Should we have gay prisons too? It is a serious question. Rape is a horrendous crime. How do we punish criminals without putting them in even more danger than they already are inside a prison?

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Poms are a little bit gay. No real surprise

The wonders of surveys and statistics suggest that Poms are a little bit gay.

Half of British young people say they are not 100 per cent heterosexual, according to a new survey.

When asked to plot themselves on a scale of sexuality, ranging from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively gay, 72 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 chose a position other than completely straight.

The survey, released today by respected pollsters YouGov, found only four per cent of adults class themselves as completely gay, with just under a fifth putting themselves somewhere in between the two extremes.

With each generation, people appear to see their sexuality as less set in stone.

Of 1,632 people surveyed, 60 per cent of heterosexuals and 73 per cent of homosexuals supported the idea that sexuality is a scale.   Read more »

Why would you hide your sexuality?

New Zealand has moved a long, long way since the early eighties when politicians hid their sexuality, and homosexual acts were illegal.

These days when someone famous comes out the comment is met with a big arm stretching YAWN and “who cares” with a bit of mild pity for someone who hid the way they were born for years.

What is worse is that even in a parliament where the population of gays is far higher than the rest of society certain people cannot bring themselves to be honest about their sexuality.

This is a crying shame and they deserve our sympathy for what must be a difficult decision.  Read more »

Gaybies? Seriously Stuff? Come on

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That was the headline on Stuff’s home page…a story about ‘Gaybies’.

When you go to the article though the headline is more realistic and the story isn’t about gay babies at all, but rather it is about babies being brought up in same-sex households.

Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, new research shows.

The report on same sex-parented families in Australia, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), found “there is now strong evidence that same-sex-parented families constitute supportive environments in which to raise children”.

The findings are at odds with Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s recent comments that the “gold standard” for children’s development is having a biological mother and father who are married.

Report author Deb Dempsey, who reviewed all the research on same sex-parented families, said there was a wealth of evidence that showed the children were doing fine.   Read more »

Double standards in US media on ‘no poofters’ comments by TV celebs

Phil Robertson was vilified for his personal comments about the gay lifestyle as he saw it. Outrage ensued and A+E turned into a pack of cowards and pulled him from the show.

Of course Robertson was a redneck hillbilly conservative christian and so was an easy target.

Now in the US another star of a show has said pretty much the same thing and possibly worse and there is nary a murmur.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson was vilified for bashing gays. Why didn’t ‘Bachelor’ star Juan Pablo Galavis warrant the same fate for similar comments?

The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis made some horrible comments about gays on Friday that were arguably worse than those uttered by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. However, we haven’t seen the same type of media firestorm over Galavis’s statements. Why? In large part because Galavis, unlike Robertson, is neither a self-identified Bible-thumping conservative nor does he look like one.

So what did Galavis say? First, when asked if there should be a gay “Bachelor,” he responded, “No… I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids …” (This coming from a guy on a reality show where he gets to pick one women to “marry” from a harem of 20.)   Read more »

Is homosexuality a kind of “sexual dyslexia”?

Interesting what you can find on the last day of 2013.  Have a look at this:

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My first reaction was “eugenics is alive and well”, but then I noticed the Ph.D. bit.  Can this be dismissed, or is this hard scientific data that we simply can’t speak of in public?   Read more »

Andrew Sullivan supports Phil Robertson

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Andrew Sullivan is one of the world’s best bloggers, he is certainly an inspiration for some of my work. He is also gay.

He as written a piece at The Dish supporting Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty.

I have to say I’m befuddled by the firing of Phil Robertson, he of the amazing paterfamilias beard on Duck Dynasty (which I mainly see via The Soup). A&E has a reality show that depends on the hoariest stereotypes – and yet features hilariously captivating human beings – located in the deep South. It’s a show riddled with humor and charm and redneck silliness. The point of it, so far as I can tell, is a kind of celebration of a culture where duck hunting is the primary religion, but where fundamentalist Christianity is also completely pervasive. (Too pervasive for the producers, apparently, because they edited out the saying of grace to make it non-denominational and actually edited in fake beeps to make it seem like the bearded clan swore a lot, even though they don’t.)

Now I seriously don’t know what A&E were expecting when the patriarch Phil Robertson was interviewed by GQ. But surely the same set of expectations that one might have of an ostensibly liberal host of a political show would not be extended to someone whose political incorrectness was the whole point of his stardom. He’s a reality show character, for Pete’s sake. Not an A&E spokesman. So here’s what he said – which has now led to his indefinite suspension (but he’ll be in the fourth season, apparently, which has already wrapped):

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong … Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men … “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right … “   Read more »

Putin says Nyet, initiates a poofter pogrom

Russia has always been intolerant…of Jews, of slavs, of homosexuals. It is not surprise then that Vladimir Putin has embarked on a crack down on homosexuals.

It looks like he has initiated a “poofter pogrom”.

RUSSIA’S president, Vladimir V. Putin, has declared war on homosexuals. So far, the world has mostly been silent.

On July 3, Mr. Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form.

A few days earlier, just six months before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Games, Mr. Putin signed a lawallowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.   Read more »

Arrested for preaching on streets of London

While attitudes towards homosexuality in the Anglican Church are changing there is a more sinister approach to curtailing freedom of speech in the UK as well.

A visiting American has been arrested for preaching on the streets of London…amongst other things he was preaching that homosexuality is a sin…and it may well be, along with all sorts of other sins, like pride, boastfulness…but apparently in the UK you aren’t allowed to say such things…you get arrested.

It looks like the tolerance meter only goes one way.

Tony Miano, 49, a former senior police officer from the US, was held for around six hours, had his fingerprints and DNA taken and was questioned about his faith, after delivering a sermon about “sexual immorality” on a London street.  Read more »