BarbWire, its many contributors, and great pro-family organizations from coast to coast are currently engaged in a massive remedial education effort. There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the nature of homosexuality. One way to clear up the confusion is to get beyond the narrow focus on the “LGBT community” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) and add into the discussion other “paraphilias.”
Let’s define paraphilia. Wikipedia’s page will suffice:
Paraphilia (from Greek παρά para “beside” and -philia φιλία “friendship, love”) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, or individuals. Paraphilic behavior (such as pedophilia, zoophilia, sexual sadism, and exhibitionism) may be illegal in some jurisdictions, but may also be tolerated. No consensus has been found for any precise border between unusual personal sexual tastes and paraphilic ones. There is debate over which, if any, of the paraphilias should be listed in diagnostic manuals, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or the International Classification of Diseases.
The number and taxonomy of paraphilias is under debate; one source lists as many as 549 paraphilias. Several sub-classifications of the paraphilias have been proposed, and some argue that a fully dimensional, spectrum or complaint-oriented approach would better reflect the evidence.
Yes, you read that right. In fact, you might want to read it again. Note: “atypical objects, situations, or individuals.” Note also the debate over the number of paraphilias. By beginning to address all of the other ways “friendship” and “love” manifest, more people will be able to see the debate over so-called “gay rights” in the proper context.
When proposing this series I exchanged emails with a number of people, including BarbWire contributor Laurie Higgins, who said this:
To your question about whether we should iterate and reiterate what distinguishes natural sex between men and women from perversity in all its protean forms, I say, absolutely. As often as the Left says homoeroticism is akin to skin color, we have to say, no, it’s akin to paraphilias, incest, and polyamory.
Higgins is also quoted at length in this post: Homosexuality: Let’s Talk About What We’re Talking About.
For a preview of where this series will be taking us, read these two BarbWire articles:
While it might seem the questions below are merely sarcastic and unserious, I would encourage you to fill in the term “homosexual,” “gay,” or “lesbian” in order to help you realize they are not. As noted here:
Americans need to understand where the identity politics of sex-centric special “rights” will inevitably take the nation. BarbWire readers are probably already aware that polygamy laws are in jeopardy. When other behavior-based groups demand “equality” based upon how — and with whom or what — they prefer to have sex, things are going to get really weird.
Homosexual activists are acting surprised when practitioners of, shall we say, “unorthodox” sexual appetites, press for legalization of their own preferences. These homosexuals are short-sighted, naïve or intentionally dishonest.
On the one hand we have nature’s design and intent. On the other is everything else. It’s time for a clearer understanding about how as a society we’re going to handle the “everything else.” Readers might wonder if I’m comparing the more extreme paraphilias with male or female homoeroticism. The answer is no. I’m not comparing them. The American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) lists them together.
If we’re going to be continually subjected to a debate over, for example, the “rights” of men who center their identity on their homoerotic desires, then it’s reasonable to begin a discussion over the many other manifestations of perverse sexual desires listed in the DSM or elsewhere.
Since we have a lot of ground to cover, let’s begin with our first paraphilia of the day, incest. This is from Wikipedia:
Incest is sexual activity between family members and close relatives. This typically includes sexual activity between people in a consanguineous relationship (blood relations), and sometimes those related by affinity, such as members of the same household, step relatives, those related by adoption or marriage, or members of the same clan or lineage.
The incest taboo is and has been one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos, both in present and in many past societies. Most modern societies have laws regarding incest or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages.
Here are just a few basic and important questions:
- How will society respond when those who practice incest start clamoring for their “rights”?
- How will society respond to After the Ball-type efforts to normalize incest and demonize those who disapprove of it?
- How will society respond to a future well-funded marriage “equality” effort for those in adult incestuous relationships?
- If someone were to donate to an organization that lobbies against incest marriage, will this donor be fired?
- Will the expression of disapproval of incest be deemed bullying or hate speech?
- How will schools respond to requests to start pro-incest clubs to support students who experience incestuous feelings and who seek to come out of the incest closet? Will the Day of Silence expand to include incest?
- Will therapies to help minors change their unwanted incestuous desire be banned?
- Will “incest orientation” be added to enumerated anti-discrimination policies and laws?
- Will the letter I be added to the LGBTQIA (etc.) abbreviation?
- Will we see prime time television programs and movies with lovable incest-oriented characters?
- Will incest-oriented journalists join professional journalism associations to monitor and exploit the Fourth Estate in the service of breaking down barriers and normalizing incest?
- Will those who are pro-incest join “pride parades”?
- Will loud and proud pro-incest people or groups “out” those who prefer to remain in the incest closet?
We’ve only just begun — we’ve got a lot more questions to ask. Join us next time as we make inquiries about another paraphilia. If America is to be truly free, shouldn’t all sexcentric-identified individuals be treated equally under the law — yes or no?
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