Interesting article here about individuals living homosexual lives coming to heterosexual marriages and raising families.
I think it raises a lot of questions about homosexual orientations, some of those speaking really do appear to be consciously electing a sexual orientation, or rather conscioulsy rejecting a sexual orientation, ie heterosexuality, and winding up confused as a consequence when heterosexual attraction actually intrudes on them.
The reactions of members of the homosexual community to the choices of individuals developing heterosexuality would appear to be less than accepting or approving or validating. Which would really appear to be at odds with the usual liberal spin with respect to support/approval/validation for homosexuality being synomynous with support/approval/validation of diversity and autonomy.
It also would appear that cultural pressures and persuasion DO play an important role for many of the choices made by these individuals and the community, defined by sexual orientation, which they choose to identify with or are alienated by and reject.
It is important to state that this is not in any way a clever ploy by evangelical or religious objectors to homosexuality, it is not even a piece which would be particularly congruent with anyone who has a straight forward conscientous objection to homosexuality as it exists or is profiled presently. I would hope that anyone interested in the topic of how sexual orientation and identity impact upon peoples lives, even before they feature, I would suggest disproportionately, as political or policy issues, could listen to this with an open mind.
Personally, I dont buy the various ideas about "fluid", "liquid" or changeable sexual orientation which does feature in this piece and is spoken about by some of the commentators themselves. There is a lot in this piece which would be congruent with some of the Jungian developmental perspectives of sexual orientation and how it is influenced by projection/integration of the anima and animus in self and other.
Although those theories have been skipped over wholesale for a long time and rejected as, at the worst, bigotted or a by product of homophobia or closeted homosexuality, the usual slurs, and, at the best, as heterosexist.
While I am sure the rejection was, for some at least, a matter of operating in good faith and believing it served equality as abstractly understood it really would appear to be at odds with what is in evidence from peoples own self-reportage. Which in turn makes maintaining that rejection or dumping of those ideas appear a little Orwellian or politically motivated.