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The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-)Therapy for Homosexuality Paperback – March 1, 1997
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However, this book may start off offensive and/or appear homophobic. The writer has strong beliefs and presents a dominant writing style. Moreover, he illustrates possible causes and effects with great content from real homosexual persons whom identify with the homosexual lifestyle. He strongly suggests the lifestyle is not genetic, birth defect or a mental disorder. He suggests that it is a learned behavior. He also suggests that one could reverse un-normality thoughts concerning their sexuality.
This is a "must read book" for researchers. It was very informative.
FIRST: These figures ONLY represent MEN, no women were part of the study.
TWO: To qualify for the study, you had to have had at least 2 different (self reported) sexual relationships within the past 6 months. (Thereby excluding ALL men in comitted Monogamous relationships)
THREE: All men in the study who's results were calculated, were UNDER 30 years old.
FOUR: The participants were all from Amsterdam STD clinics.
FIVE: The study was only available to men who lived in Amsterdam, or attended a regular STD clinic in Amsterdam.
So, considering all the men in the study were already self admitted cheaters, were all under 30 (limiting in itself how long they could technically be in a long term relationship) and all came from an STD clinic that had to be in the City of Amsterdam. How reliable is this study even in Holland to quote as proof that gay men are unable to sustain a long term monogamous relationship. To me, this study in no way proves that gay men (and certainly not women) are unable to maintain a long term monogamous relationship.
While this book can definitely be enlightening in that it does give one the tools to look at oneself critically and if one finds some of these personality traits disturbing, it also shows constructive ways to help with that. Whether or not that will ultimately change one's sexual orientation is unknown. I'm sure it would prove somewhat helpful for those who are ACTIVELY trying to change their sexual orientation. But I have serious concerns as to whether simply resolving one's own insecurities about masculinity and in other areas of life would ultimately turn a homosexual into a faithful heterosexual. I was very impressed with this book at FIRST, but when I read the data from the studies he quotes, then I had serious concerns as to whether this study can tell us anything about the relationships of Gay Men. (IT MOST DEFINITELY CAN NOT APPLY TO LESBIANS SINCE THE STUDY DID NOT INCLUDE ANY WOMEN) This study also took place in the Mid 1990's and marriage between homosexuals only became legal within Holland in 2001.