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Five myths about non-traditional orientation

Five myths about non-traditional orientation

People of non-traditional orientation have existed for a very long time, but society is still unable to develop a unified attitude towards them and While some people are quite loyal to homosexuals, others go into a rage just hearing the mention of them. This is why there are still not many gays who openly admit to being attracted to their own sex. 

Despite the abundance of information on the Internet and other sources, there are still common myths about homosexuals. Today we will look into this issue and try to eliminate the most popular misconceptions.

Myth 1: Homosexuality is against human nature

Many people believe that sex with members of one’s own sex is unnatural and against the laws of nature. In fact, animal studies have long confirmed that homosexuality occurs in many fauna. For example, homosexual couples can be created by penguins, swans, dolphins, some species of monkeys and others. Scientists are still thinking about the reasons for the emergence of same-sex sex. Different assumptions have been made. Here are some of them:

  1. Same-sex sex contributes to building relationships in society and helps maintain a kind of hierarchy among members of the same sex.
  2. Same-sex sex is just a fun pastime. Animals do not always have sex in order to procreate. With a partner of one’s own sex one need not be afraid of an unwanted pregnancy (yes, not all animals dream of having children either). 

Myth 2: Homosexual relationships end quickly 

Researchers have studied this question too and have proven that the stability of couples of non-traditional orientation is almost the same as that of heterosexual relationships. 

Homosexuals are just like people. Just like everyone else, they want to find a loved one and live a long and happy life with him. Society tries all kinds of obstacles to this (prejudices, social stigma, inability to legalize a relationship, etc.). But time has shown, and scientists have confirmed, that the breakup rate among heterosexual couples is higher than that of homosexual couples. These data were obtained by scientists at Washington state university as a result of a study spanning 12 years.

Myth 3: Gays are more likely than heterosexuals to become pedophiles

This opinion, too, was disproved by scientists in a study dating back to 1989. The Institute of Psychiatry in Canada gathered a certain number of men of traditional and non-traditional orientations. During the study, they were shown pictures of children in order to detect arousal reactions. The results showed that men in both groups had about the same reaction. That is, among gay men the number of pedophiles is not more than among straight men. Practice supports this conclusion, because among actual perpetrators of pedophilia, gay men are no more common than straight men.

Myth 4: Homosexuals cannot raise children well

The belief that a child should have a father and mother is firmly entrenched in our society. Many consider other kinds of families inferior and advocate that children should not be raised in other settings. But research suggests otherwise. Children raised by same-sex couples are usually well-developed physically, mentally, and intellectually. They learn better than children from traditional families and are less likely to commit illegal actions. This may be due to a more supportive family environment, because homosexuals are not characterized by disagreements between the sexes and understand each other better.

Myth 5: It is up to the individual to decide if he is gay or not 

Many people believe that homosexuality is a conscious choice. There is also the opinion that it is just a disease that is treatable. But scientists have proven that human homosexuality is genetic and biologically based. Perhaps it has something to do with a woman’s hormonal background during pregnancy or with the peculiarities of brain development. This question is still open.