Saturday, July 14, 2018

California Outlaws Gay Conversion Therapy

I don't care much about this one way or another--I think sexual preference is largely fixed fairly early on, but malleable to some extent that varies from person to person. I think we'd all be better off if people generally felt freer to be who they are more-or-less naturally. But I also understand people who prefer to have more average/normal sexual preferences, and I don't think it's my business to tell them they can't try to accomplish that if they want to. Though, again, personally, I'd say: try to be happy with who you are. I'm told that "gay conversion therapy" doesn't work--which wouldn't surprise me.
   But question: are all treatments that don't work outlawed in California? How about woo-woo "New Age" crystal-rubbing? Past-life regression? Homeopathy? Acupuncture? Ordinary old faith healing / prayer? Any of the zillion other magical pseudocures? Are they all at least banned for minors?
   Or is this being treated as a special case because it's something that the left hates?


Anonymous Critical Spirits said...

Does "gay conversion therapy" work? Probably not.

Should people have to feel as if they need to undergo therapy to modify their non-standard sexual preferences? No.

Should the state prohibit consenting adults from spending their money on a service that they believe might help them live the life that they desire? ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT!

I'm not sure where I stand with respect to parents admitting their children to these programs, but I lean toward "probably wrong" and "totally creepy."

I can't imagine what it's like to have parents who want to be so incredibly involved in one's sex life. My parents *did* do me a service by largely staying out of mine.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Critical Spirits said...

As a side note, California still remains in the bottom five of my ranking of the states. Not sure that they can beat New Jersey, however.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Aa said...

Doing it to minors, by parents, has already been outlawed (in 2012 according to the article), and was upheld in a Federal court. I doubt this one will be upheld if it passes. However, it would be nice if those practices not approved by the FDA (for efficacy and safety) started getting banned/outlawed.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I disagree, Aa, but I understand the urge.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't agree with ya there I'm afraid, Aa.

4:03 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home