Thursday, April 07, 2005


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as i browsed through Kitomo's blog, i read her post about someone asking her out in an orgy. someone messaged her in Downelink asking her to join the girl and her bf in you-know-what. i also have experiences like that before. maybe some of you have read my entry before about men and women alike asking me out to do some monkey business, sending me messages through Friendster and inviting me to do some tralalah with them (unfortunately this entry vanished into thin air when i changed my blog template, along with a number of entries pa. hay. blogger do suck at times.)

anyways, a friend told me it's my fault. my default pic is kinda inviting daw. errr yeah... i guess it's slightly my fault. ehehe. but then, i know for a fact that a number of narrow-minded, discrimminating pigs, i mean heterosexuals, look at homosexuals(especially gay guys)as sex-hungry monsters.

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this thinking, that gay men and lesbians are perverts, can be rooted form religious beliefs - considering sexual intercourse between a man and a man and between a woman and a woman a SIN and an aberration. these so-called "sexual conservatives" call for punitive consequences for homosexual behavior ranging from social censure and counseling to so-called reparative therapy and even death in certain theocratic forms of government where Church and State still remain as one entity, for example Iran and Saudi Arabia.

lesbians and gay men have been murdered, subjected to gross human rights violations, or otherwise persecuted under various jurisdictions, most notably by the Nazi regime. persecution of lesbians and gay men is also common in conservative Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia, where gay men have reportedly been beheaded, or forced into therapy. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan reportedly murdered lesbians and gay men by burying them alive. prior to the repeal of laws regarding lesbians and gay men as criminals, persecution was common in many Western countries, such as the United Kingdom and the USA. lesbians and gay men were frequently imprisoned and/or forced to undergo barbaric treatments such as chemical castration, forced sex changes and electroconvulsive therapy.

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Oscar Wilde

take these examples. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), an Irish poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere's Fan(1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was a married bisexual with children. his life and soul was crushed for being a homosexual. in a governmental sociopolitical legal move, his life was ruined, destroyed, taken from him by the courts which found him guilty of homosexuality, and therefore imprisoned him for two years at hard labor.

John Atherton
(1598-1640), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, was hanged in Ireland for sodomy under a law that he had helped to institute. Hhis lover was John Childe, his steward and tithe proctor, was also hanged.

i remember this real life incident. a friend of mine once told me this funny yet sad story about her lesbian friend, "Maria". Maria has a lover and her mother found out about it. one day, her mother went to Maria's college and angrily cursed all of Maria's orgmates, thinking that these orgmates are all gays or maybe influencing her daughter to be a gay. and she shouted with all her might, echoing accross the whole college, "kayo, mga bakla at tomboy kayo! layuan nyo ang anak ko! ipapagamot ko kayong lahat! ipapaospital ko kayo!!!" shocking, eh? funny? maybe. at first thought, maybe yes. but on the second thought, it really is saddening how people tend to think that homosexuality is a disease. sabi nga ng isang joke, "if homosexuality is a disease, could we tell our boss that we are going on sick leave because we are gay/lesbian?"

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verbal discrimmination
through hate speeches are also rampant against homosexuals, which at worse, is aimed at inciting physical violence or "gay bashing". even the Holy Bible is used against homosexuals. some translations of the Old Testament have been used to justify the punishments given to gays. AIDS was said to be a punishment from God for lesbians and gays. (but in fact, as of 2005, The United Nations report says that more heterosexuals have AIDS than homosexuals, in a global scale.)

during the 20s and 30s (just as was the case in Biblical times), men who focused upon other men for romantic and erotic involvement's were branded with evil images -- images that a hateful society created.
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another root cause of negative perceptions about same sex relationships is the belief that sex acts which are conducted for reasons other than reproduction are immoral.
homosexual sex acts, because they do not contribute to biological fertilization and pregnancy, are often condemned on these grounds. the idea that homosexual couples cannot produce children is also a frequent objection to same-sex marriage.

naalala ko din tuloy yung tatay ko (although this story is not against homosexuality). one time he just bursted out (i can't remember the real topic of the conversation, though), to my shock and amusement, "ano ba 'to? pano naman ako magkakaapo? parehong anak ko, tomboy!" you see, my younger (and ONLY) sister is also into homosexual relationship.

going back... as homosexuality has been placed under bad light mainly by religion, historically it has been linked to other sexual behaviours such as pedophilia (does "Michael Jackson" ring a bell?)and even serial murders. homosexuality was listed in psychological manuals as one of many sexual disorders, and many attempts were made to treat it.

other psychologists, anthropologists, and criminologists in the 1960s and 1970s also believed sexual repression as one of the root causes of homosexuality. harshly saying that public repression of homosexuality will increase the number of gay men and lesbians. homosexuals were stereotyped by anti-gay groups as sexual perverts and criminals.
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laws which punishes gay acts also add to the burden of gays and lesbians. gay groups complain that the mere existence of the law is enough for the police and anti-gay groups to brand gays and lesbians as "perverts" and "lawbreakers". they argue it is discriminatory and stigmatises gays and lesbians leading to abuse of gay people in their community.
nakakakulo din ng dugo how the media represents gays and lesbians. they also catalize the stereotypes made on homos. isn't it ironic how they are one of the instruments of advocacies for homos and at the same time, a medium of discrimmmination and condemn against the same group? sa internet din, nagkalat ang mga porn sites which show lesbians and gay men as sex maniacs. and even movies portraying sex acts between homos as purely based on lust, lust and lust alone. na kapag nanood ka eh hindi ka na actually malilibugan. mandidiri ka na lang, unless maniac ka din katulad ng mga producers at publishers ng mga porns na ito.
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    but then, we could only blame the anti's to a certain point. i must say homosexuals also have their part on this. kung ikaw nga naman eh isang konserbatibong Katoliko at makakita ka ng isang baklang rumarampa sa kanto na halos kita na ang kaluluwa sa suot na pekpek shorts at niyayakap-yakap lahat ng lalakeng nakatambay sa tindahan, ano nga ba ang maiisip mo? o 'di kaya ng isang tibo na halos lumuwa ang tingin sa malulusog na dibdib ng maganda ninyong kapitbahay habang sinisipulan ito, ano ba ang magiging tingin mo sa kanya?
    many times, homosexuals have been involved with crimes related to passion. ilang stories na nga ba ang nabasa natin sa diyaryo, narinig sa radyo, at napanood sa tv na ang mga kriminal ay mga bakla/tomboy? (but then, we know that these cases are isolated ones compared with those het perpretrators.)
      sadly, there are those kinds of homos. just as there are heteros like that. and maybe even worse. BUT, no one could be the judge. and no generalization should be made.
      masakit pa rin isipin na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin maunawaan at matanggap ng lipunan natin na maaari ngang magmahal nang tapat at totoo ang isang lalaki sa kapuwa nya lalaki at ang isang babae sa kapuwa nya babae. and i must say that it is UNFAIR for people to think about homosexual relationships as based on lust... that gays and lesbians could not love, as straight men and women do. because as i've seen and experience it, homosexuals as very passionate lovers. and i wouldn't trade my being a lesbian to anything. kahit umulan pa ng isang milyong Brad Pitt o Pierce Brosnan ngayon.
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            At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

            dang this is thought provoking. i agree on most parts. i think people shouldn't be generalizing. there are modest gays and lesbians. though they are into hidding for they are afraid of prejudice. i know this coz i WAS one of them. (i'm out! *grins*)

            anywho.. homosexuality isn't perversion. it's only the mind set of most heterosexuals, who doesn't really understand gays and lesbians. that they have the ability to love their partners like what "normal" men and women do.

            it's saddening to know that perversion is always connected to the word homosexuals. and it ain't right. hayz.. well, the world hasn't really accepted the third sex. there are still "old ideas" that are circulating around the minds of closed minded people.

            anyways, kudos to you summer.. this is a very good entry.


            At 1:17 PM, Blogger bughaw na langit said...

            naks! wala ako masabi sa entry mo...astig! true most "heteros" think that whenever they see or hear that someone is a lesbian or gay within their community or workplace...they discriminate instantly...hindi man muna nila naisip na makilala yung tao..hindi yung "pre-judged" na agad dahil kung ano ang sexual orientation nila...

            hay, minsan talaga hindi maiiwasan ang mga taong sarado ang mga utak sa mga ganitong bagay.

            basta, ang ganda - ganda ng entry mo na to!!!


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