- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080105625X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801056253
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
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Psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover examines recent research reported in medical journals (and the popular press). He finds many of these studies flawed and cites evidence that homosexuality is indeed changeable. He explains how psychology, biology, choice, and habit all interweave to produce deeply imbedded patterns of sexual behavior. The model Dr. Satinover develops is based on modern science and psychological understandings of habit, compulsion, and addiction. Homosexuality, he writes, "is one of the many forms of soul sickness that is innate to our fallen nature".
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover has practiced psychoanalysis and psychiatry for more than ninetten years. He is a former Fellow in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and a past president of the C. G. Jung Foundations. He holds degrees from MIT, the University of Texas, the Harvard University and serves as a medical advisor to Focus on the Family. Jeffrey and his wife have three children.
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When a teen is confronted with this issue, he is going to be understandably confused, frustrated, angry, scared, alone...you name it. The focus of "identity" the gay activists push is genius--a perfect draw for such a teen. It suddenly seems he finally belongs somewhere! There are others just like him! He finally found his "identity!" He is GAY! Not: "I am a human, a man, intelligent, humorous, a gifted debater, sensitive and thoughtful of others...who happens to be gay." Just: "I am GAY!" And no matter that this "group" has no idea you exist, or cares not at all that you do, you BELONG!! That's such a relief and life-saver for these kids!
What a huge disservice to any young person going through any crisis--to diminish their very person to one single category. Not really the best thing for an individual going through adolescence and on the cusp of discovering the many layers of his/her character and person--think back and remember what you felt like when you were going through adolescence. Pretty uni-brow-ish, huh? In the gay activists' world, there are no layers to an individual, except maybe if a person is not sure who he/she is attracted to, then they "layer" them "bisexual" or "pansexual." Impressive.
And then, when a person who is gay still feels dissatisfaction, fear, or sadness due to his/her orientation, it is NOT due to being frustrated, angry, or doubtful about of his/her orientation! No! That is actually "just" SHAME! It is "the screwed-up social mores of our repressed society" that is at fault for any negative feelings or reactions homosexual or lesbian might have--those feelings are ALL shame-based, not real. All of the stats recording the high levels of substance abuse, self-harming, and suicide among homosexuals are only representative of society's "lack of acceptance" and "shaming" of gay sex.
This technique has the added bonus of discrediting, labeling, and interestingly--shaming!--any licensed therapist available to help an individual work through some of these distressing feelings and thoughts, as a "homophobic" or "bigot" and their practice as "abuse." There will soon be a suppression of these individuals' freedom to seek help from licensed therapists--EVEN IF THEY CHOOSE TO SEEK HELP VOLUNTARILY. (And, no, this is not in reference to "conversion therapy" which uses humiliation and torture-like techniques to "convert" a homosexual to a heterosexual. *Sigh*. Any clear-minded individual knows the above is abusive, unacceptable treatment of ANY human or animal, and is not in keeping with any real Judeo-Christian belief or values. Besides, it's stupid.)
(Interestingly, those who choose to seek help in understanding their sexual orientation are seen only as dupes of this oft-repeated "societal oppression." Or worse. They are not given the same respect and room for "questioning" their "orientation" in the heterosexual direction, as those who may be "questioning" their "orientation" in the homosexual direction. Why the disparity? Why does no one "question" this cruel, uncaring, illogic?)
And yet, I was reading an article just the other day about whether gay men can be monogamous as a couple (trending now with the availability of gay "marriage")--the author stated the reason for most gay men being known for non-monogamous relationships was due to "the lack of societal pressure" these men have had in the past to continue in their relationship past the "sexual excitement" stage..."unlike heterosexuals who experience this societal pressure, via marriage and other institutions..." (and feel they must slog on?). Huh. Too much societal pressure, not enough pressure. I've a headache.
I just wish this author would publish an updated version of this book so it's many important statistics would be more current. Things have changed with regards to AIDS and the public really believes its not much of a "problem" anymore. But if one were to actually look up current studies by the gov't they would find AIDS is still wreaking havoc on all ages, ethnicities, and races of gay men. It is still the number one killer of gay men. The statistics for a young gay man are still not good. Yet this data is nowhere to be seen. Only stuff like "How to talk to your homophobic parents" which is so very helpful when it tells the young person: "...unless your parents show they are openly PROUD OF YOU BEING GAY (emphasis mine), you must understand that they have not accepted YOU." And, "...you may consider moving out, as life with unaccepting parents can become quite difficult."
So, as a parent, as long as I do not tell or show my son I am proud of his SEXUAL ORIENTATION, he will never believe I accept HIM. And this is what has happened in my home, thanks to these evil, manipulative, selfish people. They have taken my son away, without any question or inquisitiveness on his part--someone who USED to be so proud of questioning everything.
If that ain't the definition of child abuse, I don't know what is.
Please read things OTHER than what the predominant culture is feeding you. You deserve the Truth. Your brain was created for it.
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