World's Untold Stories is a CNN Series that shows half-hour documentaries made by Broadcasters from around the world on topics that are usually not featured in regular newsreporting.
This week's episode, produced by Australian ABC (a public broadcaster), tackled therapies and programs intended to 'cure' homosexuality.
I'd recently read an excellent article on a 'gay conversion camp' run by one of the groups mentioned in the documentary and hence wasn't totally surprised by the stupidity of the suggested remedies to gayness which included: No listening to Classical Music! No facial hair for blokes! Women must shave at least twice weekly! No Abercrombie & Fitch! Call your blokepals 'Dude'! Drink beer!
I wish I could have laughed about this, but I just couldn't, seeing people in that show who actually believe that a) being gay needs to be cured, b) subjecting people to this kind of therapy was a good idea and c) were making money of it.
I felt extremely sorry for the men on the show who claimed they were 'ex-gay' and now 'successfully straight'.
I thought it was a decent program, which unfortunately, due to the 30-minute-format, stayed rather superficial though. I would have liked more in-depth info on both the camps and the organisations behind these programs and more thorough interviews and even more direct critique of conversion therapy from reputable sources (like the American Psychological Associaton, which condemns conversion therapy).
What do you think? Good programme? Good topic? Or is this an issue that's so outrageously stupid that it shouldn't even be given any additional audience by being reported on?
That's a good question; I'll actually be doing some more reading on this, so if I come across anything, I'll give a shout.
Thing is: There were plenty of chaps in the show and in the article I'd read before, who'd been (sent) to those camps and who later realised that they could not be turned around. And their stories were extremely maddening and saddening. Probably more than the same by someone who'd gone into one of these camps 'undercover'.
Now as to the finding lovers thing... well, tons of quite likely previously isolated queer teens in one place....I can totally see how things might not work out as the organisers intend them too.
quote:Originally posted by alaska: Now as to the finding lovers thing... well, tons of quite likely previously isolated queer teens in one place....I can totally see how things might not work out as the organisers intend them too.
Ages ago, a friend linked me to the nice (if seriously deluded) folks at NARTH.com, and we got a good laugh out of their articles on SSAD (same sex attraction disorder). Maybe that's a good place to for you to start your research, alaska.
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