Posted: Jul 22, 2017 1:59 pm
by SpeedOfSound
tuco wrote:
SpeedOfSound wrote:Haven't caught up yet. GOT for instance is difficult for me to watch sometimes due to what I consider my innate homophobic response. Oddly males kissing or being more romantic than sexual hits me hardest. Something visceral is going on that I can't control. I sat alone in a theater watching Brokeback and I must admit, I closed my eyes on the tent scene. I fucking had to close them! Loved the movie though.

More recently Sense8 changed me a bit. It widened my sense and quelled my visceral response. So that may mean that is was culturally acquired and can be fixed.

Now consider. It is obvious as hell that our biological nature is going to have most of us repelled by same sex contact and anything else that changes the probability of offspring. It's a no-brainer. Reproduction most certainly does not depend upon a rational mind or culture. I'm an old dude. Young people are repelled by me in the same way for the very same reasons. I do not 'smell old' and I am quite capable but I am increasingly treated as a pariah in my community simple because I am not a good reproductive bet. I went bald at 24 so I lived through that whole thing as well for the very same reasons.

The point is, if it is an innate visceral response and we stop denying the obvious then we can apply some reason here and quit hurting other humans simply because we 'have a feeling'.

Indeed, the point is: Who the fuck cares what you felt watching Brokeback Mountain? I certainly do not.

However, it is possibly also in human nature to signal virtues, to celebrate trends and to try to fit in.

I care. I has a feeling. The import of my feeling is another matter and no one has asked anyone to care about my has a feeling. I am simply pointing out that my feeling is in opposition to what I reason, hence innate homophobia. Now sense8 taught me that I can modify the mechanism behind the feeling at least somewhat. I suppose I could get used to sleeping on sandpaper sheets too.