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Why are people disgusted by bisexuals, gays or lesbians?I mean, they have their life,...

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted October 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM via web

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Why are people disgusted by bisexuals, gays or lesbians?

I mean, they have their life, right? What right do people have to judge them by the gender of the person they like? Are people just afraid of accepting new things?

Okay, 'disgusted' might be a strong word.. How about 'unaccepting'?

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted March 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM (Answer #18)

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And I know it's a little bit late but...

Thank you all for you insights!
Really appreciate it. :)

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM (Answer #2)

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People usually don't like what they don't understand.  If someone is different, they are suspicious.  This is the darker side of human nature.  Also, if it is acceptable in society to be prejudiced, more people will be.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM (Answer #3)

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There are many reasons for this.  One is that our sexual urges are so deeply rooted that it can be very hard for us to accept other sexual urges.  We can easily understand someone else liking a food we don't.  But when it comes to something as strong as sexual urges, it is much harder to understand and accept urges that don't appeal to us.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:44 AM (Answer #4)

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I have read estimates that perhaps 10% of the human population is gay. And of course, until recently, many gay people were "in the closet," so this presented even fewer opportunities to know a gay person.  The only way to reduce or eliminate prejudice is through exposure, as we have learned through the integration of housing, school, and education.  The people who seem most prejudiced to me seem to be the people who have had little exposure to gay people, unable to realize they are people, just like anyone else, because they have not had that human interaction that would make them realize this. 


The other difficulty I see is the extreme position taken in some religions, that being gay is a sin.  It is difficult to persuade people that their religious beliefs might be incorrect, because they are beliefs, having no basis in any evidence that shows that gay people are simply people who want to love as they are born to do.  


It is very sad to me to see anyone making judgements on the basis of whom one chooses to love or have sex with.  As long as two people are of age, I am not clear on why what they do is anyone's business. 

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM (Answer #5)

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That's like asking why eating worms is weird. In both these cases, people are disgusted by it because it isn't what normal people do. Years ago, it wasn't normal to be gay, so nowadays gay people aren't very well accepted.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM (Answer #6)

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That's like asking why eating worms is weird. In both these cases, people are disgusted by it because it isn't what normal people do. Years ago, it wasn't normal to be gay, so nowadays gay people aren't very well accepted.

That's like asking why eating worms is weird. In both these cases, people are disgusted by it because it isn't what normal people do. - Luiji

Awww, how nice to see the supreme confidence of closed-minded bigotry so clearly and casually displayed. Let us follow the thinking of this rather noxious post...

Thought 1 : Homosexuals make me feel icky.

Thought 2 : I'm the centre and the definition of 'normal'.

Thought 3 : I've got a magic book which tells me I'm right.

Conclusion : Therefore, homosexuals are disgusting and it's normal and good to just casually say so in public.

Luiji, you know what? I suspect that most intelligent people would be more disgusted by your polluted attitudes than by gay people. Has it ever occored to you that you might be disgusting to other people? I mean it. I've just been flicking through your recent posts and guess what? I wanna be sick.

So, why should you be tolerated by normal society? Shouldn't we just force disturbing people like you to conform to the life that ordinary 'normal' people live??

 

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM (Answer #7)

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That's like asking why eating worms is weird. In both these cases, people are disgusted by it because it isn't what normal people do. Years ago, it wasn't normal to be gay, so nowadays gay people aren't very well accepted.

That's like asking why eating worms is weird. In both these cases, people are disgusted by it because it isn't what normal people do. - Luiji

Awww, how nice to see the supreme confidence of closed-minded bigotry so clearly and casually displayed. Let us follow the thinking of this rather noxious post...

Thought 1 : Homosexuals make me feel icky.

Thought 2 : I'm the centre and the definition of 'normal'.

Thought 3 : I've got a magic book which tells me I'm right.

Conclusion : Therefore, homosexuals are disgusting and it's normal and good to just casually say so in public.

Luiji, you know what? I suspect that most intelligent people would be more disgusted by your polluted attitudes than by gay people. Has it ever occored to you that you might be disgusting to other people? I mean it. I've just been flicking through your recent posts and guess what? I wanna be sick.

So, why should you be tolerated by normal society? Shouldn't we just force disturbing people like you to conform to the life that ordinary 'normal' people live??

 

Firstly, you've missed my entire point. I didn't offer my viewpoint on homosexuals, but just said that society is probably prejudiced against them because they've never been considered as normal. Which is true, because years ago there were very few around.

Secondly, I'm sorry if I've offended people in any way. I guess I maybe get a little too overboard and competitive, but I haven't meant to offend anyone, or cause any harm.

 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM (Answer #8)

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I'll give luiji the benefit of the doubt, and assume that he did not intend to convey the meaning that frizzyperm ascribed to his post. I do agree, however, with much of what frizzyperm says in general, and particularly his statement that many people want to see themselves as "normal." Religion plays a major role in this for many people, but there are many other aspects of society that are heteronormative. Schools, advertising, sports, and families, not to mention the law, are just a few examples of social structures and practices that promote this outlook. For me, and I am just one person, tolerance began with recognizing that these norms are not immutable, and that they have been, and continue to be constructed. While this certainly demonstrates just how silly it all is, it also suggests that things might be different in the future. In fact, I would argue that despite a number of setbacks, the public view of homosexuality is far more favorable than it was even 20 years ago.  

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM (Answer #9)

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Speaking for the older generations, I can simply point out that homosexual and bisexual practices were usually kept secret by their participants in the decades before the 1960s and 1970s. Having never witnessed blatant  homosexual/bisexual contact until I was a teenager, I was shocked when I first saw two guys making out in high school (the mid-1970s); it became more coomonplace after I entered college. I'm sure my parents (born in the 1920s) never witnessed such contact until it became more acceptable in the 1970s. As another post mentioned, "people don't like what they don't understand," so for many people, disgust with gay/lesbian activity stems from an upbringing void of such activity. Of course, some people are totally closeminded when it comes to things of which they disapprove, and the complete acceptance of non-heterosexual practices will probably never materialize.

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slander | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM (Answer #10)

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not every single new thing is a good thing!

It's not a matter of being afraid of accepting this kind of things; but it's just wrong and not even healthy!! Another important point to add is the fact that they're gonna effect people within their community and society! Which well create a problem.

Can you imagine men date's men!!! n women marries each other!! 

There will be less human in the world, and I think there's no logical religon in the world that encourages this unhealthy odd thing!

 

I mean wouldn't you be afraid of the effect of such Individuals on your own son or daughter???

 

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 30, 2012 at 2:46 AM (Answer #11)

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good word "unaccepting"

well gays and such people are not accepted in our life because they are different

people cannot accept new things in life 

and for most of the part our society isnot trying to accept them and is not the new generation 

they are just given rights 

its like trying to accept the unacceptable

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 30, 2012 at 2:47 AM (Answer #12)

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agreeing with #3 and 5

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted October 31, 2012 at 5:22 AM (Answer #13)

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ooooh my God,,,I'm afraid of homosexuals...! I don't know WHY!! ^_* !!

but For me it seems against nature, like having sex with an animal... o_O!!

FOR ME, This is disgusting...!

 

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM (Answer #14)

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Perhaps those people who think that homosexuality is disgusting should watch this enlightening TED presentation on the link between the natural reaction of 'disgust' and the confusion it causes with our false ideas of moral behaviour.

David Pizarro: The Strange Politics of Disgust

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YL3LT1ZvOM

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dancer7 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM (Answer #15)

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Perhaps those people who think that homosexuality is disgusting should watch this enlightening TED presentation on the link between the natural reaction of 'disgust' and the confusion it causes with our false ideas of moral behaviour.

David Pizarro: The Strange Politics of Disgust

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YL3LT1ZvOM

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kwakye102 | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted November 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM (Answer #16)

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we all have our fears and i think homosexuality is of a concern, if you do not practice it, if you do then great embrace it because it your own choice, it really doesn't make sense to tell somebody to be something he or she is not.

 

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM (Answer #17)

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This question already has many answers for both sides of the question.  I'm simply adding what being 64 has taught me.  I have a gay brother who didn't "come out of the closet" until he was in  his 30s. Living a life of hiding caused him to drink to the point of alcoholism, have a car accident in which he almost hurt three children, and divorce a wife he never should have married.  Now that he is his real self, he is successful in business, is a stepfather to his ex-wife's married daughter, has quit drinking and is a true contributor to society.  With the current research into the human brain, the findings are showing that humans are born gay, that their brains are different than the brain of a straight person.  My brother has since told me that he knew he was different by the age of six, and that he also needed to hide his difference.  If someone is born gay, how can it be wrong to be gay?  God  does NOT make junk, and therefore, I can only conclude that if they are born this way, we have no right to try to change them or do anything but allow them to live their lives.

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