Sunday, November 8, 2015

How does someone's favorite ice cream flavor or gender preference affect my life?



Someone wrote a comment on my Facebook post on the article, "Study: No, there is no evidence of a gay gene":
  1. All this means is the testing method they used did not find it. This would not mean it won't be found in future tests. 
  2. Even if it is true, so what? How does that change anything at all? 
  3. I care about a person's gender preference as much as I care about their favorite ice cream... which is not at all. 
  4.  How does someone's favorite flavor of ice cream affect my life? Not at all. :) 
These are interesting comments. Below is my reply:
A. All this means is the testing method they used did not find it. This would not mean it won't be found in future tests.

Perhaps, maybe.

B. Even if it is true, so what? How does that change anything at all?

Well, if there is no gay gene, then the 22-year old gay gene debate is over:
A heated debate over the existence of a "gay gene" emerged from a 1993 report published in the journal Science by then-NIH researcher Dean Hamer, PhD. That study linked DNA markers on the X chromosome to male sexual orientation. Since then, questions arose regarding the validity of those results. Other researchers are attempting to replicate and verify Hamer's findings. Hamer is also senior author of the current study, which appears in the March issue of Human Genetics. (WebMD)
This means that Lady Gaga cannot anymore sing, "Born This Way" as a justification for homosexuality:
"I want to write my this-is-who-the-fuck-I-am anthem, but I don't want it to be hidden in poetic wizardry and metaphors. I want it to be an attack, an assault on the issue because I think, especially in today's music, everything gets kind of washy sometimes and the message gets hidden in the lyrical play. Harkening back to the early '90s, when Madonna, En Vogue, Whitney Houston and TLC were making very empowering music for women and the gay community and all kind of disenfranchised communities, the lyrics and the melodies were very poignant and very gospel and very spiritual and I said, 'That's the kind of record I need to make. That's the record that's going to shake up the industry.' It's not about the track. It's not about the production. It's about the song. Anyone could sing 'Born This Way'. It could've been anyone."[2]
If being gay is not part of the genetic makeup of a human being, then homosexuality can be cured, e.g. the right environment. Perhaps, homosexuality is just a chemical imbalance or psychological disorder. If the latter is correct, then the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association may overturn their 30-year old rulings and put back homosexuality among the list of mental disorders.

C. I care about a person's gender preference as much as I care about their favorite ice cream... which is not at all.

This is a personal opinion on preference, so I won't argue with this here.

D. How does someone's favorite flavor of ice cream affect my life? Not at all.

1. Ice Cream

Maybe not at all, unless you crave for one flavor and brand of ice cream and you go to an ice cream parlor only to find that your favorite ice cream is not available. And you learned that the store only stock the particular flavor and brand endorsed in TV and posters by this famous celebrity. Since you don't like this ice cream, you decided not to eat ice cream and you leave the store sad.

In this example, we see that someone's favorite flavor of ice cream has affected your life: you can't eat the ice cream that you crave for. Indeed, the little choices we make affects the choices of other people in ways that we can't control. Each choice that we make is a vote on that particular choice. To choose one flavor of ice cream over another is a vote on that choice. To choose one brand of ice cream over another is a vote on that choice. And your choice of ice cream also impact other person's lives: those who sell a particular brand of ice cream and whose income depends on the ice cream that you buy.

By choosing one particular flavor and brand of ice cream, you become an advocate for such flavor and brand of ice cream. When other people learns of your choice from Facebook or Twitter, they may choose to follow you or not. If more and more people follow you, then you become the brand's ambassador even if you chose not to. And if your following grows more and more each day, it becomes a movement which can snowball and start an avalanche on the ice cream sales. Soon ice cream makers cannot anymore ignore you. As the new ice cream celebrity, you will then be asked to promote your favorite flavor and brand of ice cream in national and international TV, and your endorsement would affect the choices of thousands of ice cream lovers, stores, and makers.

2. Gender Preference

The same is true with gender preference. If you treat it as just like choosing your favorite flavor of ice cream, and you don't really care on what hole men stick their dicks, then you become an advocate for such a world view: that all sexual preferences are equal, even if they are not really equal, since only a man and a woman can make a baby, but not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. If more and more people follow your world view, you become a leader of a movement which can make the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association change their labeling of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Soon, you will realize that it is time to go out of the closet and flaunt your idea of equality. You dress up like a woman to become a drag queen. You participate in beauty contests for women like Miss Universe Canada, and cry foul when you get booted out for not following the rules. And people in social media will sympathize with you and comfort you in your misery until the organizers decided to accept you back as a contestant. Because of the outcry, Miss Universe would then propose changes in its rules to accept transgenders in its beauty contests. In this way, transgenders won't become victims of discrimination.Then an idea would hit your head: why not make a contest which is open only to transgender males (and thereby discriminate women)? And so the Miss Transgender United was born.

Soon, you will realize that gender equality with respect to transgenders and homosexuals is not just a personal issue, but have some social and political ramifications as well. So you go out of the streets and join the LGBT Pride Marches. You go to the Mayor's offices and ask for ordinances favorable to the LGBT:
Juico’s ordinance not only prohibits penalizing people or denying them services because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, but it also bans verbal or non-verbal ridicule in the same discriminatory vein. The ordinance also legislates affirmative acts for the cause—for instance, adding gender options for sexual orientation or genders in forms, putting up unisex lavatories in workplaces, conducting gender-sensitivity training, disseminating anti-discrimination materials in schools, workplaces and communities, and commemorating LGBT events in the city. The ordinance also calls for the incorporation of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (Sogie) concerns under the function of the Violence Against Women and Children police desks, as well as the putting up of LGBT desks in hospitals. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
You will also go to Congress and lobby for the passage of Anti-Discrimination Bill. In this way, the idea of homosexuality as natural will become part of the laws of the land, and those who disagree with your idea will be fined or prosecuted or maligned, like what happened to people who won't bake same-sex wedding cakes or who won't officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies. Since the Bible is against homosexuality, then you will also rail against Christians and Bible for being bigots and hateful.

SUMMARY

The LGBT Pride Marches, the Miss Transgender United, the declassification of LGBT as a mental disorder, the Anti-Discrimination Laws, the Same-Sex wedding, and the persecution of Christians--all these things happened because others share similar idea with yours, i.e. that all sexual preferences are equal, just like all ice cream flavors are equal, and you don't care what others prefer to choose.

Man cannot hold two contradicting statements as equally true: he will either accept one and repudiate the other. By choosing the idea that all sexual preferences are equal, then you repudiate the idea that the traditional family instituted by a marriage of a man and a woman is superior to other forms of sexual unions and must therefore be the only one which the State must support. So if you still cling to your idea of equality of sexual preferences, you would naturally fight those who uphold the primacy of traditional marriage. This means war. And the victor in this culture war will define the rules of the land and fashion society according to the image and likeness of the idea it upholds.
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