Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds

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    Jan 30, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    denial and obliviousness much?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/28/afghan-men-struggle-sexual-identity-study-finds/

    Do you guys think if everyone took man on man sex like this and never even thought of it being unusual (since it, in fact, is natural), there will be no segregated group of people called "homosexuals"?

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    Jan 30, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    This article is just one other instance which proves our own cultural assumptions regarding sexuality are relative as opposed to natural. Other than the pashtun, there are other numerous groups throughout the world that recognize homosexuality as natural or even as a spiritual practice. The Etoro of Papua New Guinea encourage oral sex among males and see the taking of semen from an older male to be a rite of passage into adulthood. The Cheyenne, among other first nations peoples of the plains recognize the "berdache" or two spirit as a third classification of gender. The berdache is seen as having both a male and female spirit, and is able to marry either a man or a woman. The Berdache will in many instances become a shaman or spiritual leader to the community.

    This article also shows that many of our perceptions of sex and sexuality are also culturally constructed. I wouldn't say they're "gay" because "gay" is a culturally constructed term as well. I would make the argument that the pashtun have sex with men, because they are taught from childhood that it is preferable to have sex with men.

    I guess finally it shows that it's not just as simple as gay/straight across the board and that things are far more complicated than we realize.
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    Jan 30, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    Fountains saidThis article is just one other instance which proves our own cultural assumptions regarding sexuality are relative as opposed to natural. Other than the pashtun, there are other numerous groups throughout the world that recognize homosexuality as natural or even as a spiritual practice. The Etoro of Papua New Guinea encourage oral sex among males and see the taking of semen from an older male to be a rite of passage into adulthood. The Cheyenne, among other first nations peoples of the plains recognize the "berdache" or two spirit as a third classification of gender. The berdache is seen as having both a male and female spirit, and is able to marry either a man or a woman. The Berdache will in many instances become a shaman or spiritual leader to the community.

    This article also shows that many of our perceptions of sex and sexuality are also culturally constructed. I wouldn't say they're "gay" because "gay" is a culturally constructed term as well. I would make the argument that the pashtun have sex with men, because they are taught from childhood that it is preferable to have sex with men.

    I guess finally it shows that it's not just as simple as gay/straight across the board and that things are far more complicated than we realize.


    This.

    In Western sexual culture (largely a result of the influence of Judeo-Christian principles/doctrine), we tend to think in absolutes concering sexuality - if a man (or woman) has sex with someone of the same gender/sex, then that person is homosexual. It's remarkable that in many other places, the dynamics and rules governing sexual conduct and sexual identification are much more fluid and less restrictive. Hopefully, we'll all collectively evolve to understand this and stop being so narrow-minded (both straights and gays).
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    Jan 30, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    Very interesting news report.