So, our Social Psych presentations have started, and today the first group presented theirs on Media, Sex, and Violence. They quoted Homosexuality to be one of the main negative effects of media today, because it “projects it as positive, when it’s CLEARLY an abnormality.” They also talked about how the APA still views homosexuality as a mental disorder (which in actual fact has not been the case since 1973), and how it was sad that the media was propagating that it was normal.
Having sat through the entire presentation, literally shaking in anger, I finally got the chance towards the end to question why they had misrepresented Psychology’s stance towards homosexuality, when both the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) as a disorder in 1973 and 1975. Before this could be answered properly, our professor rudely interrupted me and asked if I could please tell her who had told me that Psychology considered homosexuality to be normal. Simply dismissing my rant of ‘EVERY Psychology course book authorized by this university and the american psychological association itself, not to mention the scientific and behavioral researches that have been conducted on the topic of sexual variance’, she continued to talk about how the only reason APA removed homosexuality from their “mental disorders” list was due to social pressure from various human rights organizations, and how it is likely that they will declare it to be a disorder again very soon.
Our groups topic of presentation is LGBT rights in Pakistan, and we wanted to show sexual variance as normal within the sexual spectrum, talk about how homophobia effects the society as a whole, and suggest ways to combat the problem of state endorsed intolerance, a plan which I feel she may as well have PISSED ALL OVER. More than anything though, I was truly disgusted by her stubborn refusal as a psychologist, to view things objectively, or even consider how her premature judgement was the key ingredient in fueling prejudice against (or equivalent to a magnificent turd on) our efforts to make people see sexual variance as a normal objective reality, rather than an abnormal sin.