Monday, May 29, 2006

Reasons for Homosexuality. Why People Become Gay According to a Lebanese Newspaper. An-Nahar newspaper (the right-wing, sectarian Christian, anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people) Lebanonese newspaper) published what it thought was a "sensitive" and "liberal' study of homosexuality in Lebanon. Then this Lebanonese newspaper interviewed a Lebanese expert on the subject. He told An-Nahar that a person becomes gay if (among other reasons): he/she was raped as a child (this is a matter of "scientific consensus" the expert adds); if he/she was beaten as a child; being a child in a dysfunctional family [according to this particular illogic then, everybody is gay or lesbian]; if a person wants to attract attention to oneself if he/she lacks self-confidence; if a person is introvert and reclusive; poverty--I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. THOSE WHO READ ARABIC CAN READ THE ARTICLE; sexual frustration. And then An-Nahar interviewed YET ANOTHER Lebanese expert on homosexuality and she tells the paper that stinginess (and stingy societies (as in the West she implies) causes homosexuality because people want to save the money needed to buy gifts for females. Every day I cringe and squirm when I read this newspaper that considers itself a "civilized" paper. Do you feel my pain now?