By Ronald Bayer
Reprint. initially released: ny : simple Books, c1981.
In 1973, after numerous years of sour dispute, the Board of Trustees of the yank Psychiatric organization made up our minds to take away homosexuality from its respectable record of psychological illnesses. Infuriated through the Board's motion, a considerable variety of dissident psychiatrists charged the association's management with capitulating to the pressures of homosexual Liberation teams, and compelled the board to put up its choice to a referendum of the total APA club.
Ronald Bayer offers a political research of the psychiatric conflict concerned, from the 1st confrontations equipped via homosexual demonstrators at psychiatric conventions to the referendum initiated via orthodox psychiatrists. the result's a desirable view of the people who led the talk and the basic questions that engaged them: social and cultural values, the definition of sickness, and the character of sexuality. on hand for the 1st time in paperback, the booklet features a new afterword through the writer.
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He, too, was surprised by his discoveries. * Equally striking was the fact that this behavior was distributed along a continuum. The male population interviewed ranged from those who had engaged in no homosexual behavior to those who had had physical contact at been exclusively homosexual. )^ Ten percent of his sample reported that they had been more or less exclusively homosexual for at least three years between the ages of eleven and fifty -five. The torrent of criticism, statistical and moral, that greeted these results indicates the depth of resistance to the idea that Homosexuality ^^ the incidence of sexual deviance who were uals, just was so & American high.
Foundation. ^^ Taking reproductive anatomy as a starting point, Rado went on to assert that the male-female pairing was the natural and healthy pattern of sexual adaptation. ^"* Rather it was the remarkable inventions of culture From Abomination to Disease 29 that supplied the requisite instructions. In the West the institu- tion of marriage performed this crucial role of socialization. in the preservation Thus did nature and convention cooperate of the species. What then could account for homosexuality?
By adopting a cultural perspective sexual behavior and then assuming a was able on the nature of human relativist position, Kinsey assume an ideological posture of extraordinary had discovered in his data on sexuality. It was this tolerance that led him to challenge the therapeutic orientation of most psychiatric clinicians. In assuming that heterosexuality represented a medical norm to which they were obliged to help homosexuals conform, psychotherapists were enforcing the cultural hegemony of heterosexuality to tolerance for the diversity he instead of meeting the needs of their patients.
Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis by Ronald Bayer
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