The history of straightness is much shorter than you’d think. An expert explains its origins.
Blank mentions her personal story at the beginning of her provocative new history of heterosexuality, “Straight,” as a way of illustrating just how artificial our notions of “straightness” really are. In her book, Blank, a writer and historian who has written extensively about sexuality and culture, looks at the ways in which social trends and the rise of psychiatry conspired to create this new category in the late 19th and early 20th century. Along the way, she examines the changing definition of marriage, which evolved from a businesslike agreement into a romantic union centered on love, and how social Darwinist ideas shaped the divisions between gay and straight. With her eye-opening book, Blank tactfully deconstructs a facet of modern sexuality that most of us take for granted…
Did the World Health Organization (WHO) really declare that all gay men should take Pre-exposure Prophylaxis? With my social media feeds showing multiple articles with similar titles in such a short timeframe, I knew this was an issue that called for…
After a glorious few days of marriage equality, a judge has placed a stay on the ruling legalizing same-sex marriages in Indiana.
This means no more same-sex couples can get married while the state appeals the ruling. The legal status of those 500+ couples who DID get married in the short window is unknown.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted the stay this afternoon in response to a request filed by Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller earlier in the day, The Indianapolis Starreports.
“Without a stay, any same-sex marriages granted now might have their legal validity questioned later if the United States Supreme Court eventually were to rule in favor of states in upcoming legal challenges to marriage laws,” Zoeller’s filing read in part.
But what about love?” you may ask. That terribly exciting disease that, to me, feels like another full-time job. Isn’t love just trying to get back what your parents didn’t give you before you were three years old? One thing I learned in therapy is you’ll never get this back, so move on, for God’s sake. Make friends with your neuroses. I know that true love is supposed to be companionship, growing old together, blah blah blah. I thought that’s what friends were for, not sexual partners! Some of us want hot lunatic porn sex and we want it forever!
Everybody has his or her “love map” as the late, great, sadly discredited Baltimore sexologist Dr. John Money once called our predetermined sexual types. And we can never really change our love maps, but we can learn to see them coming. A healthy neurotic known his type can, and probably will, bring emotional trouble combined with a powerful sexual wallop. But we can see, though effective therapy, that we have a choice. Yes, our love maps may be bad for us but WOW! I won’t find this kind of sex in a healthy relationship. So is it worth it? If it is, yes, you are fucked-up, but as long as you choose it, you are also neurotically happy.
Study after study showsthat Americans are becoming more accepting of homosexuality. Hooray! One thing that still confuses us, however, is what makes people gay - the classic nature vs. nurture debate.
A recent Gallup poll shows that we’re pretty divided when it comes to our views on the origins of homosexuality. More than a third (37%) of survey respondents think it’s because of upbringing and environment, while 42% think we’re born this way. Oddly, this number is lower than in 2013, when 47% of people thought being gay happened at birth.
Gallup’s overview on what this means for the scientific study of homosexuality:
The contention on this question of a person’s sexual orientation possibly reflects a lack of input from the scientific community, which historically has not shied away from offering its opinion on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) issues and questions. The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental disorders in 1973, giving credence to the nascent gay rights movement at the time.