Heterosexuality seems to be a widespread human
condition, and yet science hasn't found its cause.
Maybe that's due to an absence of available funding
for the research or just plain lack of interest.
have been studies to determine the origins of homosexuality,
usually in males, but they've all been small and,
frankly, inconclusive. Nevertheless, we're still
in the dark about why there are people who are attracted
romantically and sexually to a different gender than
the one with which they identify as if they have
problems loving the very gender they themselves embody.
this lack of scientific curiosity has to do with
the fact that the majority of people – mostly
heterosexuals, but not always – consider
unadulterated heterosexuality to be the norm with
anything else a deviation. And much medical and
psychological science studies abnormalities rather
than what's just assumed.
the host of studies in the last two centuries of
others considered deviations from norms – women,
African Americans, Jews, left-handed people, etc.
Freud, for example, talked about penis envy as
if there were some inherent problem in humans born
without one, and the measurements of brain sizes
were geared to determine something about deviants
from an often white and Protestant standard....
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?"
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"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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