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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on April 10 at 8:18 AM

Spiking: US trade deficit.

Surging: Black voter registration in North Carolina.

Briefing: Bush to call for shorter tours in Iraq.

Firing: US strikes Sadr City.

Evil Empire Indeed: Microsoft negotiating with Murdoch for Yahoo bid.

“Don’t Be Evil”: Yahoo partners with Google to fend off Microsoft.

Bad Weather: In the Bad Weather Belt.

Long Winter: In Eastern Washington.

Burning Issue: Torch hounded through San Francisco.

On the Olympics: Dalai Lama supports games but says nobody has the right to tell protesters to “shut up.”

On the Ground: More American Airlines planes.

On the Trail: : Liz Edwards plugs Clinton’s health care plan.

On the Heels of My Embarrassing Loss in the Legislature: Bloomberg to stump for McCain.

Something Fishy: $900 million for salmon-restoration plan.

Every Fern Is Sacred: Neighbors petitioning to block school-expansion plans.

Why’s It Always Gotta Be Like That? Most euthanized dogs are black.

From Growing Up Straight: What Every Thoughtful Parent Should Know About Homosexuality, by Peter and Barbara Wyden. Copyright 1968.


Usually, nobody is closer to a child in infancy and early childhood than his mother, and this is why, in all probability, it is neurotic behavior that plants the seeds of her son’s homosexuality. This is an exceedingly difficult charge for any mother to concede, particularly since the behavior that damages her son is quite unconscious.

No parent sets out deliberately to produce a delinquent—or a homosexual. Yet it is recognized today that both delinquency and homosexuality are rooted in the home.

Such a child is often the second or later one born to parents who live in an unhappy marriage. Perhaps the mother wished for a daughter. Often, too, by the time the second or later child arrives, the marriage has deteriorated and the mother turns her attentions toward her sons, especially when she cannot get love from her husband.

The child who becomes a homosexual is usually overprotected and preferred by his mother. In other cases he may be underprotected and rejected. In either case, Dr. Irving Bieber told us, the parents “interfere with the sexuality of the child. No matter what else they do , they seem to do that. They converge on one child and as a result of their own problems the child’s masculinity is damaged.”

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And then there's this

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 10, 2008 8:37 AM

@1) Jailing people for homosexuality--because nothing gay ever happens in prisons...

Posted by Dominic Holden | April 10, 2008 8:42 AM

With the hi-five, jail becomes your Disneyland.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 10, 2008 8:46 AM

Oh, the debauchery!

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 10, 2008 8:46 AM

Don't pay too much attention to your sons, because then they'll turn out gay. But don't pay too little attention to your sons, because then they'll turn out gay. How's a mother supposed to catch a break?

Posted by Greg | April 10, 2008 8:53 AM

How I feel about yoooooooou!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 10, 2008 8:58 AM

Yeah, send the gay men with AIDS to prison, that's safe.

Prisons being a major vector for the spread of HIV, what with the prison rape and all.

Posted by NaFun | April 10, 2008 9:33 AM

So, is this saying that, if the child turned out to be gay AND hypermasculine (like one of those testosterone-fueled Tom of Norway images), then that would be okay in their eyes?

This is all very confusing - good thing none of it was ever proven to be true, I guess.

Poor Dr. Bieber - must have come as an awful blow to find out his theories were bunk.

Posted by COMTE | April 10, 2008 9:34 AM

if my mom ever read that, I think her head would explode. I'd be willing to bet she is already blames herself for "the wayI turned out."

Posted by Mike in MO | April 10, 2008 9:46 AM

Also, thank dog I don't live in Egypt. I'd be charged with debauchery in a heartbeat.

Posted by Mike in MO | April 10, 2008 9:48 AM

Why's it always gotta be like that? Ha!

Posted by Anon | April 10, 2008 10:26 AM

WTF is a Tar Heel?

Posted by Slim | April 10, 2008 10:27 AM

Wasn't it GW who lengthened the military tours from 12 to 15 months in the first place? Most news stories I've seen don't mention that. They go along with the charade that GW is shortening tours, when in fact the tours are the same length as before. It's similar to suspending troop reductions, leaving the troop levels exactly where they were two years ago, before the "surge". It's the illusion of change.

Posted by Winston Smith | April 10, 2008 10:29 AM

A Haiku:

Dear Mama, I'm gay.
But that is OK because
it is all your fault.

Posted by Spoogie | April 10, 2008 10:39 AM

Overprotective mothers? What a crock of fucking shit!! My mother stood by and watched while my step father beat the shit out me from the time I was 6 years old and I turned out to be gay. Overprotective my ass!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | April 10, 2008 10:40 AM

hey cato, he covered all the bases: "In other cases he may be underprotected and rejected." so there. oh, and did your mom pluck her eyebrows? that might have had something to do with making you gay too.

Posted by ellarosa | April 10, 2008 11:17 AM

I wonder if they had a special chapter on "raising a lesbian" or if lesbians just "didn't exist" back then?

Posted by Becky | April 10, 2008 11:22 AM

@17) An excerpt from the chapter on lesbianism was up yesterday. According Mr. and Mrs. Wyden's very scientific book, lesbians are the product of puritanical moms and bullying dads. Nothing else. But there are fewer lesbians because they stay in the closet or something.

Posted by Dominic Holden | April 10, 2008 11:42 AM

I like Spoogie!

Posted by KeeKee | April 10, 2008 1:37 PM

Haha, thanks for the link.
"Is lesbianism really much less common than male homosexuality? The best evidence suggests that it is."
I'm sure this all footnoted with the very scientific studies in the bibliography, and so forth.

Posted by Becky | April 10, 2008 3:56 PM

Thanks for the link. Yes, some very interesting scientific theories there.

Posted by Becky | April 10, 2008 3:58 PM

oops. I thought my first post was accidentally posting to yesterday's post, then I got rid of it, or so I thought - this is confusing :)

Posted by Becky | April 10, 2008 4:08 PM

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