By Ronald Bayer

Reprint. initially released: ny : easy Books, c1981.

In 1973, after a number of years of sour dispute, the Board of Trustees of the yank Psychiatric organization determined to take away homosexuality from its reputable record of psychological ailments. Infuriated by means of the Board's motion, a considerable variety of dissident psychiatrists charged the association's management with capitulating to the pressures of homosexual Liberation teams, and compelled the board to put up its choice to a referendum of the complete APA club.

Ronald Bayer provides a political research of the psychiatric conflict concerned, from the 1st confrontations equipped by way of homosexual demonstrators at psychiatric conventions to the referendum initiated by way of orthodox psychiatrists. the result's a desirable view of the people who led the controversy and the elemental questions that engaged them: social and cultural values, the definition of disorder, and the character of sexuality. on hand for the 1st time in paperback, the ebook features a new afterword by way of the writer.

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Among sexuality to his who Freud's first was one own formulations on the etiology of that focused on the male child's homo- attachment genitals as a source of pleasure. Like all boys, those are destined to become homosexual find in the penis a * Since it is not my purpose to present a full account of the various psychoanalytic theories of homosexuality, but rather to note the ways in which the issue was approached, I have decided for purposes of brevity to restrict almost exclusively to male homosexuality, leaving aside the question of the etiology of lesbianism.

Since, in Lombroso's view, homosexuals could not be held responsible for their own failure, no justification existed for their punish- ment. Social defense, however, required that they be restricted to asylums because of the danger they posed. Not only did many of those who assumed that homosexuality represented a profound deviation from the normal pattern of human sexuality turn to hereditary factors in order to explain so too did those who had begun to challenge the its roots; dominant view. Karl Ulrichs, one of the most prolific nineteenth-century defenders of homosexuals, had asserted, beginning in the i86os, that homosexuality was a hereditary From Abomination 21 to Disease anomaly: While the genitals of homosexuals developed along expected lines, their brains for a female soul to did not, and so it was possible be lodged in a male's body.

If you do not believe me, read the books of Havelock Ellis. By asking me if I can help, you mean, I suppose, if I can abolish homosexuality and make normal heterosexuality take its place. The answer is, in a general way, we cannot promise to achieve it. In a certain number of cases we succeed in developing the blighted germs of heterosexual tendencies which are present in every homosexual, in the majority of cases it is no more possible. It is a question of the quality and the age of the individual.

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