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Homosexuality: Myth & Reality May 27, 2007

Posted by Ned Stark in Uncategorized.
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” I don’t understand why reasonable men go stark raving mad everytime something related to a homosexual comes up!” Atticus Finch

 Actually Atticus Finch said nothing of homosexuality; I merely took the liberty to switch the word “black” with the word “homosexual’. However the point of the quote remains the same.

 The debate on homosexuality rages on and till now refused to simmer down. The debate has drawn out people from both sides; including but not limited to a Minister for State, a law professor, some Members of Parliament, several bloggers and several people with intriguing comments. Of course almost everything that can be said on this issue has already been said; however recently there have been intriguing comments and thus I am compelled to whip the the dead horse.

 “Check out how the great empires all fell- Greece, Rome, etc.. the men adopted homosexuality as their way of sex- the birth rate dropped – end of story for their civilization. Sex between men and men is unnatural – how hard is that to understand?”

What an interesting idea. The fall of an Empire came about because of homosexuality. How interesting. Unfortunately this is a misconception and thus an absurd line of argument. In the past, homoesexuality was not frowned upon in both the Roman empire and Ancient Greece; in fact there was this practice called pederasty, whereby the younger will have a relationship with an older man. But the acceptance of homosexuality did not result in a civilization that was degenerate in anyway; one must remember that people like Solon, Archimedes, Hippocrates, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Demosthenes, Leonidas and so on were, for lack of a better word, products of such a society. And these people and many others have left humanity with ideas, philosphies, governing systems which are prevalent around the world. It would be rank idiocy to suggest that such a society is degenerate if it gave rise to such personages.

Furthermore, the idea that homosexuals are effeminate or non masculine is ridiculous. Once again one must look to history. Alexander the Great, who at the time of his death was leader of a vast empire spanning the known world, was also said to be bisexual as he had a homosexual relationship with  Hephaestion, one of his commanders. That did not stop him from beating the Persian Empire and becoming master of the known world. That he died at the age of 32 make his achievements all the more astounding.

Richard I of England, better known as the Lionheart; of Robin Hood and Ivan Hoe fame, was also known to have had a homosexual relationship with Philip Augustus, the King of France then. Yet Richard was a warrior through and through, having led the Western Crusaders during the Third Crusade (and squaring of against Saladin no less) and having spent most of his life fighting the French in the English territories of France, dying age 44 during the siege of one of his rebellious vassals.

With all that said, I hardly think that repeal of the infamous Section 377A will cause Singapore society to collapse or degenerate (of course there are some who say that Singapore society is currently degenerate due to the worship of Mammon but thats for another time). Repeal of Section 377A, therefore, will not create a crisis in the armed forces or create a society which is morally bankrupt. In fact, conversely the repeal could sow the seeds of a society more tolerant of differences and thus pave the way for a more open society which could reap dividends for Singapore socially, culturally, economically, etc. But all that is mere conjecture if Singapore chooses to be “kiasi” and dare not take the baby step.

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1. phew! - May 28, 2007

Homosexuality is nor myth or fable, it is a known fact that existed through every nation in history and at the present. The future of this orientation is very much in the hands of the gay community on how it wants itself to be positioned in an integral society or how it deserves to be perceived. Clamoring for the abolishment of draconian laws has little effect because of the conservative majority’s general disposition towards homosexuality. A gay man in their eyes are lecherous, perverted and immoral. Legislation permitting gay sex will never take place in a society where homosexuality does not hold a moral value or significance.

The keyword here is perception. If homosexuality is to be accepted into any culture, it has to revision itself from the excesses of its promiscuous habits and lean towards towards monogamy which at least in the minds of the heteros are a regarded virtue. Although is is known fact that heterosexuals can be similarly hedonistic but their immorals are not highlighted due to the acceptance of their ‘natural’ sexual culture.

It is time each homosexual mirror themselves and seek change and the heterosexual must continue learn to broaden their perspectives rather than engaging discrimination, from homosexuality to the color of skin, and the hopelessness of freedom.

2. Gay is good « phew! - May 28, 2007

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3. YCK - May 28, 2007

And in the case that its repeal does cause the collapse of Singapore, it would in all likelihood be a historical non-event 😀

But then that could coincide with some dated sense of divine justice some people hold.

4. Ned Stark - May 28, 2007

Phew,

You say that ” it has to revision itself from the excesses of its promiscuous habits and lean towards towards monogamy which at least in the minds of the heteros are a regarded virtue”. That statement implies that homosexuals are promiscous and excessively so. Unfortunately there is no evidence to prove otherwise. There is no evidence to show that homosexuals are immoral predators and so on. In fact the homosexuals have been trying to educate the public on the common misconceptions thus your argument that they must seek change is faulty.

5. Gay is good | phew! - June 14, 2007

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6. Many Teddies - May 12, 2008

“I don’t understand why reasonable men go stark raving mad everytime something related to a homosexual comes up!” Atticus Finch”

We think it’s because they would like to but cannot admit unreasonableness.

7. bc - April 11, 2009

since when is sticking your dick up someones ass natural?


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