Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, a prominent retired psychiatrist, now says that
his results in reparative therapy of homosexuals weren't reliable,
which has been in the headlines lately. But what about all the other
research that has been done on conversion therapy of young
homosexuals? Nicolosi, Byrd & Potts, 'Retrospective Self-Reports of
Changes in Homosexual Orientation' (1997) present a research with 882
patients. The conversion success was 33%. Masters & Johnson,
Homosexuality in Perspective (1979), account for a research (with
follow-up) in which 67 persons partook. The success rate was at least
43.2%. Mayerson & Lief (Psychoterapy of Homosexuals. In Marmor, J.
(ed.), Sexual Inversion, p.302 (1965)) account for a study in which 19
exclusive homosexuals were converted to exclusive heterosexuality. In
a follow-up approximately 4.5 years later, 22% remained in an
heterosexual relationship. Irving Bieber et al., Homosexuality - a
psychoanalytic study of male homosexuals (1962), account for a success
rate of 27% to exclusive heterosexuality. 106 homosexuals/bisexuals
took part. In this study 19% of the converted were exclusively
homosexual. Their conversion was verified in a follow-up study several
years later. There are other results that point in the same direction.
Are these results fabricated or misinterpreted? I no longer know what
to believe. Or are we just now experiencing an overthrow of the
Homosexuality among animals is referred to when people try to
vindicate the notion of homosexuality as natural. But homosexual
intercourse is extremely uncommon among mammals. Sexual penetration
does not occur(?). I haven't heard of a single case. The bonobos are
supposed to represent homosexual behaviour, but they are really
"shaking hands". Dogs can do the same when they are elated and want to
express their primitive sense of love. They can start to "copulate"
the human baby, to the owner's embarrassment. But this does not
represent homosexuality, even if the baby belongs to the same sex. No
penetration occurs, and the dog isn't really sexually excited. The
feelings are related and thus the sexual behaviour is triggered.
Animals cannot express themselves as easily as us, so they resort to
whatever primitive way of expression they are in possession of.
Bonobos are always very worried that they should become outcasts. They
are quite cruel animals that resort to mobbing. They throw feces at
specatators and keepers at zoo, so they are diffucult, if not
impossible, to keep at zoo. They are obscene and extremely nasty.
That's why every bonobo always runs around psedo-copulating with
everybody else, to remain on friendly terms with the other members of
the flock. But this is like shaking hands. They are extremely afraid
that they should become victims of mobbing and be cast out, which is
an important motif also in human coteries.