It is important here to draw a distinction between homosexuality, a cultural entity and a descriptor peculiar to modern Western culture, and attraction to people of the same sex. It is possible to be attracted to people of the same sex without being A Homosexual; many people throughout history, possibly including even James Buchanan, managed to pull off such a seemingly absurd feat. But, of course, that feat only seems absurd to people who have fully internalized modern Western culture.
If homosexuality in the modern Western conception and same-sex attraction were truly the same, what of the existence of "men who have sex with men" -- men who are clearly attracted to the same sex, but who still refuse to identify as A Homosexual?
At 7/2/11 12:06 AM, AlphaCentauri wrote:
You can't take pride in something you have no control over. You really can't be "Proud to be gay" or "Proud to be black" or "Proud to be American"
Except it is clear that many people are proud of such things, so they quite obviously can. What you are saying is that they should not. Why might that be? What exactly is this concept of "pride" anyway?
At 7/2/11 12:14 AM, micky315 wrote:
Theres nothing offensive about saying "He cant help but like guys", its like saying "He cant help but be a genius". Just because you cant help doing something doesn't mean what you cant help but do is bad :/
Except the implication is that, if he could help it, he would. Or at least that it is somehow unfortunate that his condition (n.b. "condition" is generally used to refer to a negative thing! notice how natural it seems in this context) cannot be rectified.