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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Another Christian Sex Scandal

Honestly, these should be boring by now, but I had a minor insight after watching this story- what if the reason so many Christian leaders clamor for the legislation of sexuality is because they think it's the only way for them to control THEIR OWN orientations and kinks?

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At 4/19/2008 1:08 PM, Blogger Paulajean declaimed...

"...they think it's the only way for them to control THEIR OWN orientations and kinks?"

I've become convinced of that argument. Let's take homosexuality as an example.

I think the reason so many fundies continue to claim that homosexuality is a choice is because they are gay and have to force themselves to "choose" heterosexuality on a daily basis. They currently "choose" to be straight but could "choose" to be gay if they wanted to. (Sometimes they do so, in a hotel with a meth dealer or in an airport bathroom.)

So what keeps them motivated to choose straight? Being gay was considered icky and wrong by mainstream society for a very long time. Thankfully, that is becoming progressively less true in the US. But it means they are under less societal pressure to keep pretending to be something they're not, and such pressure is a very useful way to repress your own desires. Used to be that society and the fundie community were opposed to their same-sex attraction. Now society is less opposed (and in many places actually supportive) of their attraction, leaving only their fundie community to keep the peer pressure going. They've lost a main pillar of support for their self-repression. So they're desperate to keep some form of official discrimination in place, more for themselves than anyone else.

That's my two cents of pop psych for the day.

At 4/24/2008 6:56 AM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

I think that's part of the story, but it's actually a little simpler for the majority of fundies. The leaders are manipulators, egomaniacs, and control freaks. Their main levers of manipulation are guilt, and feelings of persecution. You cannot create righteous indignation without something to be indignant about. You cannot create feelings of persecution without creating an enemy. Which is safer: being an enemy of sex, or an enemy of violence?

That's my 2 cents worth of armchair psychology.



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