Monday, August 15, 2005

Catching the Gay

Economist and fellow Red Sox fan (Go Sox!) Dan Drezner has an amusing post up about a recent do-it-yourself checklist provided by Focus on the Family that is intended to help you determine if your child is, you know, 'different.' From 'Is My Child Becoming Homosexual,' we see the top seven signs your child might be catching the gay (drumroll please!):
Evidences of gender confusion or doubt in boys ages 5 to 11 may include:

1. A strong feeling that they are “different” from other boys.

2. A tendency to cry easily, be less athletic, and dislike the roughhousing that other boys enjoy.

3. A persistent preference to play female roles in make-believe play.

4. A strong preference to spend time in the company of girls and participate in their games and other pastimes.

5. A susceptibility to be bullied by other boys, who may tease them unmercifully and call them “queer,” “fag” and “gay.”

6. A tendency to walk, talk, dress and even “think” effeminately.

7. A repeatedly stated desire to be — or insistence that he is — a girl
Drezner comments:
Well, as a child, I certainly suffered from 1, 2, 4, 5, and maybe 6 (Depends how you define "think effeminately").

If you'll excuse me, I have to go tell my wife and children about my latent homosexual qualities and accompanying gender confusion. I fear that my son will probably cry and feel different.

Geez. One would think that wanting to be in the company of girls would be a sign of heterosexuality. And the whole 'roughhousing that other boys enjoy'? Yeah, um, as Dan Drezner implies, guess it depends on how you define 'roughhousing.' Me, I prefer to be in the company of girls. I will leave the roughhousing with other guys to my gay friends. :)
(Crossposted by Bostondreamer at FloridaBlues)
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