ancient Mesopotamia as in modern
Europe." This included homosexuality, both male and female. Impotence, nocturnal emissions, VD,
and ejaculatio praecox is also
attested by Babylonian literature.
Already there were several
positions of intercourse practiced
by these peoples. ONE SURVIVING
BIT OF WRITING TELLS US THAT TI
PRIESTESSES PERMITTED ANAL INI
COURSE: IT IS POSSIBLE THAT TEM
PRIESTS DID ALSO. One surviving
illustration on an ancient plaque
shows a rear entry.
Circumcision did not seem to
play as significant a ritual or
religious role with the Babylonians as it did with people of
the Nile area, but it was hardly
unknown. There survives a Meso-
potamian stone phallus which antedates even Abraham and it is
circumcised; so Moses was certainly not the first to introduce the
custom as some Bible readers have
In one of the earliest disputes
over who is "most" worthy before God (see Gen. 4), Godhomor-
ed the worship of the homosexual.
(Dr. Paul Roberts has correctly
shown that the word in the Jewish
Septuagint where the KJV has de- -
sire in Gen. 4:7 is the same word
used in Gen. 3:16 where 'desire'
is clearly sexual. The root of the
same word is found again in
Song of Solomon 7:10 where the
connotation is again clearly sexual. It may be inferred that Abel
has sexual desire toward his brother, as the KJV had sexual desire
toward his brother, as the KJV
Since homosexuality is so ancient and ubiquitous, it becomes
clear that neither religion nor
punitive law has made much significant change in its prevalence,
only in the visibility of its practice.
Sooner or later everyone must
come to recognize from thousands
of years of known history that
heterosexuality is the dominant
sexual behavior in man, but also
that homosexuality is equally
natural. 'Natural' includes a wide
spectrum of behaviors of which the
dominant behavior is but a part
of the whole.
Terry from Tyler
25 Questions &
The INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY
OF HUMAN RESOURCES has released the following:
Magazine articles, books, news
reporting, movies and public discussions of homosexuality are so
plentiful today as to indicate a
genuine public concern about the
subject and a desire better to
understand it. However, the layman
has difficulty in finding simple,
straightforward answers to many
of his questions readily available
in convenient form.
To help fill this need the following pamphlet has been prepared
by a panel of highly qualified
social scientists and specialists,
each of whom has studied homosexuality extensively and at least
one of whom is himself homosexual. In addition to his study,
each of the panelists has done
much interviewing and counseling
work with male and female homosexuals, gaining thereby a broad
insight into the attitudes and behavior patterns of several thousand such persons.
The aim of this publication is
The aim of this publication is
to replace misconceptions and
fears about homosexuality with a
better understanding of the subject.
It is hoped that this will result
in improved and more humane attitudes toward those men and women for whom homosexuality is
their way of life and effect a
better integration into society of
such individuals, many of whom
are worthwhile and useful people.
Such a goal would seem to be
preferable to the traditional practice of alienating them and increasing the numbers of individuals who are a burden upon
1. WHAT IS HOMOSEXUALITY?
It is the condition of being sexually attracted and drawn to members of one's own sex.
2. WHO IS HOMOSEXUAL? The
only basis for deciding whether
one is or is not homosexual is
a continuing erotic preference for
partners of the same sex.
3. DOES A HOMOSEXUAL ACT
MAKE ONE A HOMOSEXUAL? No.
Many boys and girls during early
childhood and adolescence have
homosexual experiences without
lasting effects. Also, under special
circumstances, such as military
service and personal life, homosexual behavior sometimes occurs
on a temporary basis.
4. HOW MANY HOMOSEXUALS
ARE THERE? No one really knows.
However, several authorities have
estimated that perhaps one out of
every ten adults could be so classified. Therefore, the number
would total many millions.
5. CAN HOMOSEXUALS BE EASILY IDENTIFIED? Contrary to popular belief most homosexual men
and women are indistinguishable
_rin appearance from other people.
life, at all social and economic
levels, and among all cultural
groups. Homosexual tastes and
personalities vary as widely as
do heterosexual. Some male homosexuals are feminine in manner
and appearance and some female
homosexuals seem masculine.
Tranvestites, those who prefer the
clothing of the opposite sex, and
transsexuals, those who feel they
are trapped in the body of the
wrong sex and therefore seek surgery, usually have a psychological
makeup quite different from that
of most homosexuals.
6. IS HOMOSEXUALITY UNNATURAL? From a scientific point
of view it is not. It would seem
to be one of the natural variations of human sexuality which
some societies are more willing
to accept than are others.
Endocrinologist Harry Benjamin,
M.D., has written, "Do we know
what 'normal' means? I don'tknow
I believe that we only know what
7. ARE HOMOSEXUALS MENTALLY ILL? No. To label
homosexuality as a mental illness
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