Afraid of a gay child, just roughhouse

Interesting story in the Los Angeles Times (you need to register to read, but you should, it is an excellent newspaper) about a movement to teach in high schools that gay students can become straight through reparative therapy.  Apparently, only about third of the people who attempt to be “cured” by the program run by The National Association. for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality are successful in their attempts (and that figure may be inflated). 

It's hard to give a lot of
credibility to the psychologist who runs the group when he makes arguments such

Nicolosi went on to tell them
that fathers could help their sons stay straight by bonding through
rough-and-tumble games, such as tossing them in the air.  “Even if
[the dad] drops the kid and he cracks his head, at least he'll be
heterosexual,” Nicolosi said, chuckling. “A small price to pay.”

As a father who loves rough and tumble games with at least 2 of his 3 boys (at 4 months, I don't think Evan is quite up to wrestling around yet– though I suppose I could be tossing him in thie air more), it is hard to think of a much more absurd notion than to suggest that the amount of roughhousing I do with my boys will determine whether or not they are straight.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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