On Conversion Therapy

Radicals on the left and the right want to push youth through their own versions of conversion therapy. The right want to force gay conversion on youths so as to fix their minds to match their bodies. The left want to force body conversion on youths so as to fix their bodies to match their minds. Neither seem interested in helping youth feel comfortable with the minds and bodies they were born with. Decades ago, gay conversion was a brain lobotomy. Today, body conversion ranges from hormone pills to cutting off body parts. What in the fuck is wrong with humanity? Both seem incredibly harmful to developing youth who just want to feel safe and normal. Guess what… there is no “correct” sexuality any more than there are “correct” characteristics for either gender. Sexuality and gender expression are beautifully broad and fluid, and that’s 100% okay! What we should be doing is teaching youth that there is nothing wrong with them. Let’s get them through puberty and into adulthood unscathed, and then they can make the important and complicated choices as a full grown person. And that’s today’s two cents.

(Credit to Donovan Cleckley for some of this insight.)

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.

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Alex Knight
Alex Knight
1 year ago

Going to have to say I disagree here: Any sexual orientation that doesn’t align towards reproduction (hetero) can and *should* be considered abnormal. However, the important takeaway here is that such individuals do not deserve persecution any more than do the mentally disabled, the blind, the deaf, the crippled, etc. This has long been my view, at any rate.