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The Pathology of Homosexuality (or lack thereof!)

Allahoabha everyone!

This is my first attempt to join the conversation here so please forgive me if I do something wrong!

I wanted to share with everyone here an exploration of the question of pathology, that is the view that homosexuality is an 'illness', 'disease', etc. as it is held within the current Baha'i culture:

This is the second part in a personal attempt to learn more about this important topic. It comes on the heels of Sonja's excellent article (psychopathology of homosexuality) and while it explores the same questions, it covers a lot of new ground.

My intention was to examine two important concepts: homosexuality as a disease and the plasticity of sexual orientation. These two main ideas underpin the general Baha'i view on homosexuality and they are taken by most individual Baha'is to be true. So why not examine them objectively to see if they have any supporting evidence?

On this journey things got a little out of control and you may find yourself visiting Japan, Sparta, Manchu China, as well as getting to know a feisty lady who upended the prevailing views of a male dominated field and the Austro-Hungarian human rights campaigner who coined the neologism, "homosexual".

Your comments and feedback, whether positive or negative, are always appreciated at Baha'i Rants.

thank you



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