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« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2013, 03:56:25 PM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Perhaps he thinks if he admits that a man is good looking, then people will wonder if he's gay? I dunno if I've got it wrong, but from what I've always been told, it seems like being gay has to do with who you are physically attracted to, not who you can see as attractive (in the sense of 'so-and-so looks good today'). For instance, I find Monet's Waterlily Pond to be very aesthetically pleasing, but I don't want to have sex with it. Alright, a weird example, but you see the distinction, I hope... Smiley

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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2013, 04:15:37 PM »

I think gays are less likely to hit their kids.

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« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2013, 04:20:35 PM »

I think gays are less likely to hit their kids.

Why?

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« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2013, 05:22:26 PM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Nope.   I understand that females can find men attractive.  But as for me, one man is the same as the next.   I know what others say though and I believe them in their own testimony... but really I don't see it. 
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« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2013, 05:23:05 PM »


How do gays have children? 
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« Reply #50 on: January 07, 2013, 05:24:05 PM »

You see, there are these cells called gametes....
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« Reply #51 on: January 07, 2013, 05:25:02 PM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Perhaps he thinks if he admits that a man is good looking, then people will wonder if he's gay? I dunno if I've got it wrong, but from what I've always been told, it seems like being gay has to do with who you are physically attracted to, not who you can see as attractive (in the sense of 'so-and-so looks good today'). For instance, I find Monet's Waterlily Pond to be very aesthetically pleasing, but I don't want to have sex with it. Alright, a weird example, but you see the distinction, I hope... Smiley

If I admitted it, I would be lying.  I really don't find men attractive.   I mean at ALL.  Zero percent.
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« Reply #52 on: January 07, 2013, 05:25:39 PM »

You see, there are these cells called gametes....

LOL.  nice.
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« Reply #53 on: January 07, 2013, 05:48:04 PM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Nope.   I understand that females can find men attractive.  But as for me, one man is the same as the next.   I know what others say though and I believe them in their own testimony... but really I don't see it. 
Weird. I mean, I personally have no desire to sleep with Tom Brady or Henry Cavill or Micah Kinnard or any man who's starred in a Marvel Studios film, but I totally get why other people would.
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« Reply #54 on: January 07, 2013, 06:24:50 PM »

I'm 0% gay, but I am heteroflexible.  Cool

I guess I am gay when I am not sad, angry or worried.
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« Reply #55 on: January 07, 2013, 06:37:34 PM »

I'm 0% gay, but I am heteroflexible.  Cool

I guess I am gay when I am not sad, angry or worried.

That's queer!
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« Reply #56 on: January 07, 2013, 06:50:46 PM »

I think gays are less likely to hit their kids.

why do you think that? if that is the case though, I think every kid would feel that his life is a  blessing if he was raised by gay people.
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« Reply #57 on: January 07, 2013, 06:57:13 PM »

I think gays are less likely to hit their kids.

why do you think that? if that is the case though, I think every kid would feel that his life is a  blessing if he was raised by gay people.

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« Reply #58 on: January 07, 2013, 07:23:04 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


- I am not repelled by pictures of some handsome males, I sometimes enjoy looking at males I consider handsome (in aesthetic way, not in the pornographic one)
- I do not share some typical male hobbies or interests (motorisation, team sports etc.)
- I like music associated with gay culture (Village People, TomBoy, Culture Club...) and glam rock.
- I support gay rights (civil uniions, child adoption etc.) provided they do not try to reach religious institutions.
- Some of my friends asked me or my other friends whether I'm gay.

- On the other hand I am sexually attracted to females, hence the 20%.
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« Reply #59 on: January 07, 2013, 07:26:06 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
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No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
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« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2013, 08:25:54 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
See, the fact that asexuals exist attests to the fact that sexual orientation isn't a choice. Why wouldn't you want to be rid of such concerns?
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« Reply #64 on: January 07, 2013, 08:47:04 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #65 on: January 07, 2013, 08:58:59 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #66 on: January 07, 2013, 09:46:31 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #67 on: January 07, 2013, 09:57:57 PM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Nope.   I understand that females can find men attractive.  But as for me, one man is the same as the next.   I know what others say though and I believe them in their own testimony... but really I don't see it. 
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« Reply #68 on: January 07, 2013, 10:01:29 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #69 on: January 07, 2013, 10:10:38 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
See, the fact that asexuals exist attests to the fact that sexual orientation isn't a choice. Why wouldn't you want to be rid of such concerns?
There are people who reproduce naturally without sexual relations?  I know people can be born without reproductive organs, but this in no way proves anything about human sexuality anymore than being born with an extra finger.  For someone who doesn't have an interest in sex, this also implies nothing in terms of homosexuality, unless we link it to sociological foundations rather than genetic, or admit its a preference and nothing more.

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« Reply #70 on: January 07, 2013, 10:18:25 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
See, the fact that asexuals exist attests to the fact that sexual orientation isn't a choice. Why wouldn't you want to be rid of such concerns?
There are people who reproduce naturally without sexual relations?  I know people can be born without reproductive organs, but this in no way proves anything about human sexuality anymore than being born with an extra finger.  For someone who doesn't have an interest in sex, this also implies nothing in terms of homosexuality, unless we link it to sociological foundations rather than genetic, or admit its a preference and nothing more.

The leaps people take in an effort to say something is a fact scares me.
When we talk about humans, "asexual" refers to those who lack any desire for sex, hetero, homo, zoo, or whatever.

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« Reply #71 on: January 07, 2013, 10:41:17 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.

Imagine having that three-tier burden and saying "yes" to the thread question.

It does (very often) make me want to join a very self-understood fundametalist type of church where all vices are categorically singled out and never tolerated (in the sense of saying something like "don't worry about it, you're only human."  Think, if the average Christian felt excruciating guilt every single time they told a white lie, or ate too much and felt uncomfortably stuffed, or walked/drove past a panhandler with a perturbed reaction, "sins" like these.)  Seriously... Misery would love company.

Not that I'm miserable all (or necessarily most) of the time.  But it can come easily, and it doesn't help that this sin is understood by traditional Christianity to be among the worst.  Yes, the Orthodox Church considers a ton of things to be grave sins (and if the Apostolic Canons were all applied, every 'minor' sin probably would feel as excruciating as homosexual or any sexual-identity disorder.)

Return to lightheartedness, please.  My point in this is to say that you should thank God you are not gay, the burdens can be lessened by Christian marriage later on.  (As for lighthearted... Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #72 on: January 07, 2013, 11:02:53 PM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.

I can't imagine the hard struggle being a teen, having limitless access to pornography.   I feel for ya James.  Shun it away as far as you can brother.  That stuff messes up a LOT of men.
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« Reply #73 on: January 07, 2013, 11:12:11 PM »

In my mind there are not really "non sexual activities" or "non sexual hobbies" that make a person gay.

I believe a man can sew (tailor), cook (chef), etc.
I also believe a man can knit (like I said I helped my wife with that), or I hesitate to say pick out curtains (LOL).

What makes a man "part" homosexual is if he feels a lustful draw, romantically emotional draw, or physical attraction to another male.  (Or a female to a female)

Almost any "activity" can be deemed normal for men or women to do.  However, if its a group of men standing around talking about the mauve motif in a semi-contemporary bungalo.... Houston, we have a problem!

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« Reply #74 on: January 07, 2013, 11:14:32 PM »

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« Reply #75 on: January 07, 2013, 11:33:52 PM »

How does your priest treat you? and how do you feel? Just curious.
I'm a Kinsey 1 (Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual) and a Klein 1 (other sex only).
Klein is more dimensional than Kinsey, so I think it is overall a better perspective of a person.

My priest knows I want to find a good man, and told me to be patient. I dislike that.  Embarrassed I should probably be open and put myself out there a little, but also know that God is in control and settling is not a good idea.*

How do I feel about my sexuality? Well, it would be nice if I had a slightly lower drive or at least better mental control, but learning that is a process and I have accepted and endeavored in that.  While some amount of pleasure could be derived from kissing another woman in regard to the physical contact aspect, they just don't have the parts I would want to play with when the time comes. Honestly, I was intrigued by how two women could have sex though. I mean, neither have the right parts! Yes, I have googled that. Would I try it? No! Not for me.

With regard to homosexual culture, I am quite fond of the movie Lost and Delirious, though they could do without a certain scene or two. I doubt I would be attracted to The L Word. I rather enjoy lesbian/bi chick rock**, Ani DiFranco, Diana Anaid's Love Song for a Girl, Tegan & Sara, and the fake lesbian band from a couple years ago, Tatu. I also like Cher, the show Modern Family, and used to watch Will and Grace. The role of sexuality is one's cultural/subcultural affiliations differs from their own orientation, but expresses interests and affections for things that rather require at least a measure of comfort with alternative sexualities. For homosexuals, I believe this is from an element of affinity with those who have similar experiences or things that reflect their experience of life in some way.

*Yes, I want one of those sappy romantic loves where you fit well with each other and build a mutually desired life with one another too, and maybe even someone you are attracted to. Crazy, huh?

**Sue me. I'm a counter-culture wanna-be intellectual who should have been more of a rebel with better discipline back in the day and plays out her detachment or desire for detachment from society or what not in her choice of aesthetics and entertainment, particularly with music.
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« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2013, 11:47:32 PM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #77 on: January 08, 2013, 02:08:45 AM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
See, the fact that asexuals exist attests to the fact that sexual orientation isn't a choice. Why wouldn't you want to be rid of such concerns?
There are people who reproduce naturally without sexual relations?  I know people can be born without reproductive organs, but this in no way proves anything about human sexuality anymore than being born with an extra finger.  For someone who doesn't have an interest in sex, this also implies nothing in terms of homosexuality, unless we link it to sociological foundations rather than genetic, or admit its a preference and nothing more.

The leaps people take in an effort to say something is a fact scares me.
When we talk about humans, "asexual" refers to those who lack any desire for sex, hetero, homo, zoo, or whatever.

Words can mean different things.

I addressed that in my post.  Additionally, words lose their meaning when their meaning can mean anything.

EDIT:  from the definition you provided, I think another word for asexual would be "wife". laugh
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« Reply #78 on: January 08, 2013, 02:35:57 AM »

No, but I wish that God would have made me asexual and aromantic--that way I wouldn't have the burden of resisting lust, porn and fornication.
See, the fact that asexuals exist attests to the fact that sexual orientation isn't a choice. Why wouldn't you want to be rid of such concerns?
There are people who reproduce naturally without sexual relations?  I know people can be born without reproductive organs, but this in no way proves anything about human sexuality anymore than being born with an extra finger.  For someone who doesn't have an interest in sex, this also implies nothing in terms of homosexuality, unless we link it to sociological foundations rather than genetic, or admit its a preference and nothing more.

The leaps people take in an effort to say something is a fact scares me.
When we talk about humans, "asexual" refers to those who lack any desire for sex, hetero, homo, zoo, or whatever.

Words can mean different things.

I addressed that in my post.  Additionally, words lose their meaning when their meaning can mean anything.

EDIT:  from the definition you provided, I think another word for asexual would be "wife". laugh

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« Reply #79 on: January 08, 2013, 03:20:08 AM »

Yes, I am.  Grin

My Orthodox priest treated me with nothing but fatherly love, and I've gotten the same treatment from the Episcopal priests at the Church I've been attending. 

I feel swell.  I actually left the Orthodox Church over this because I thought that I couldn't be gay and Orthodox.  I was am mess, and I was extremely immature about things.  I miss the Church so much.  I'll probably go back (not making any moves to join the Episcopal Church,) but for now I need to be away and think about the person I'm becoming and how I want to relate to God. 

I'm better with being gay now, and I see it as not a big deal.  Goodness, though, I handled it the wrong way.  I wish I never would've left the Church.  I suppose I have to sleep in the bed I've made. 
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when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Made 15 kilos before the Nativity. Not even close to 40.
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« Reply #81 on: January 08, 2013, 04:56:44 AM »

Dear Michał,

Masculinity is not defined by music or sports or politics or art appreciation.

I really hate this term 'homosexuality,' because it is deceptive and misses the broader point of masculinity and femininity.  That's what is the real issue: whether one can accept one's God-pleasing gender.  Sexual attraction stems from this.

Now, some people are so abused that their sexuality becomes distorted.  There are others that are born 'gender dysmorphic' and cannot accept their own gender.  Others still have a partial rejection.  Humans are indeed complicated.

When I was younger, I didn't have girlfriends (not for lack of trying, but being as awkward as I was...), wasn't into sports or cars, and spent a lot of time reading and isolating.  Some kids who were partying and sleeping around thought I was gay.

Years later, I had to take a psychological exam for a job, and the psychologist informed me that all my test score showed that I was not only definitely not gay, but would have a hard time working with either females or gay men!  While I still hate TV sports, working on cars, and all the stereotypical stuff, I have lots of other interests that are 'manly': when you are young, the idea of cooking is 'girly,' but when you get older and make 40 kilos of kielbasa... suddenly you are the ikon of masculinity!

Sexual attraction is a very small part of the debate about homosexuality.  I think that the 'gay rights movement' flashes its worst during 'Gap Pride' parades largely to distract heterosexuals from the real conversation about self-loathing and rejection of gender.


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« Reply #82 on: January 08, 2013, 05:01:23 AM »

...but for now I need to be away [From the Church] and think about the person I'm becoming and how I want to relate to God.

No offense, but that's spiritual suicide. There is no way to properly "understand the person" you are becoming and how to "relate to God" without the guidance of the Church. Attempting to do so without it is spiritual suicide and a sign of inner pride--thinking that one needs their space from God as if they could leave Him and come back whenever they want--and believing that you yourself could make a better decision in regards to these questions than God can through His Church.
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« Reply #83 on: January 08, 2013, 07:26:35 AM »

yeshua, you do not aesthetically speaking at least see or recognise though superficial it may be the beauty or the lack thereof in the same gender?

Nope.   I understand that females can find men attractive.  But as for me, one man is the same as the next.   I know what others say though and I believe them in their own testimony... but really I don't see it. 
Weird. I mean, I personally have no desire to sleep with Tom Brady or Henry Cavill or Micah Kinnard or any man who's starred in a Marvel Studios film, but I totally get why other people would.

Weird indeed. I find the notion that ones mind can process , interpret and comprehend say for example symmetry, form, harmony, and proportion all aesthetic values in one gender and yet suddenly becomes incapable of doing the same in another by the virtue of  it belonging to a certain gender one is in, quite difficult to grasp. what yashua is referring is being sexually attracted to the aesthetically pleasing object, however what we are speaking of is the ability to perceive the aesthetic value of the object being observed in this case the human form. artists, from painters to sculptors to photographers to poets, philosophers, religious icnographers and yes even the Scribes of the Bible ( describing Absalom as the most beautiful male in Israel, and David describing his brothers as more beautiful than him physically, his son Solomon in his Canticle of Canticles describes aesthetic beauty of the male and female variety in a poetic rendering just to point a few) they all were capable of seeing and comprehending the aesthetic value of the person they were observing be it in the same gender they were in or not, without necessarily feeling the need to copulate with the one they found aesthetically pleasing.

it would be a strange world if one can not perceive the aesthetics of the same gender's form without being sexually attracted to them. for that matter it would be  stranger still if we have to feel sexually attracted to every opposite sex we find aesthetically pleasing.

in any case, @ yashua, I believe you believe your claim to be true to yourself. and in so much as it refers to you not being attracted to the same gender when you are referring to aesthetics,  I agree with you as recognizing aesthetics does not necessarily translate into sexual attraction. however in so far as a person capable of perceiving form harmony proportion etc suddenly becoming bereft of the ability due to gender differences, I will respectfully disagree. the desired 0% summation could have been reached without going to such extremes in my opinion, yet the fact being to the contrary is instructive to say the least.

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« Reply #84 on: January 08, 2013, 09:11:28 AM »

...but for now I need to be away [From the Church] and think about the person I'm becoming and how I want to relate to God.

No offense, but that's spiritual suicide. There is no way to properly "understand the person" you are becoming and how to "relate to God" without the guidance of the Church. Attempting to do so without it is spiritual suicide and a sign of inner pride--thinking that one needs their space from God as if they could leave Him and come back whenever they want--and believing that you yourself could make a better decision in regards to these questions than God can through His Church.

Some highfallutin words there (especially for someone who once did something remarkably similar). Reading your postings lately, James, I'm not so sure that you have faith in the mercy of God, especially since you claim that those who leave God cannot simply come back whenever they are ready.
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« Reply #85 on: January 08, 2013, 09:31:57 AM »

Maybe 20%. I think everyone is at least a bit.

Bad joke:

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- After about six beers.

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« Reply #86 on: January 08, 2013, 09:36:00 AM »

...but for now I need to be away [From the Church] and think about the person I'm becoming and how I want to relate to God.

No offense, but that's spiritual suicide. There is no way to properly "understand the person" you are becoming and how to "relate to God" without the guidance of the Church. Attempting to do so without it is spiritual suicide and a sign of inner pride--thinking that one needs their space from God as if they could leave Him and come back whenever they want--and believing that you yourself could make a better decision in regards to these questions than God can through His Church.
I'm not claiming I need my space from God.  I am closer to God.  After all, He is everywhere and fills all things.  I am feeling more in touch with Christ my Lord now more than ever.  I am away from the Orthodox Church.  I am attending an Episcopal Church and seeing how that is.  I like it very much.  The people are kind and accepting.  While I might not agree with each and every thing that TEC stands for, it's been really good for me to be in a Church where I can't catch "convertitis," and merely focus on Christ.

Please try not to judge me.  I recall you going through some sort of journey like mine.  I'm just trying to find God.  We may differ on our opinions of where the best place to find Him is, but one thing we have in common is that we're all on a journey.  I'll respect yours if you respect mine. Smiley
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« Reply #87 on: January 08, 2013, 09:38:56 AM »

Nice to see you posting again, trevor. Smiley

it's been really good for me to be in a Church where I can't catch "convertitis,"

Episcopals don't have convertitis? Why not?
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« Reply #88 on: January 08, 2013, 09:42:18 AM »

Nice to see you posting again, trevor. Smiley

it's been really good for me to be in a Church where I can't catch "convertitis,"

Episcopals don't have convertitis? Why not?
Episcopalians do, but in such a liberal environment I find it difficult to be taken away with it.  Grin
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« Reply #89 on: January 08, 2013, 09:46:22 AM »

Nice to see you posting again, trevor. Smiley

it's been really good for me to be in a Church where I can't catch "convertitis,"

Episcopals don't have convertitis? Why not?
Episcopalians do, but in such a liberal environment I find it difficult to be taken away with it.  Grin

Liberals might have liberal convertitis. Wink
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