WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
WHAT IT IS:
Heterosexuality is a condition in which people have a driving emotionaland sexual interest in members of the opposite sex. Because of theanatomical, physiological, social and cultural limitations involved, thereare formidable obstacles to be overcome. However, many heterosexuals lookupon this as a challenge and approach it with ingenuity and energy. Indeedit can be said that most heterosexuals are obsessed with the gratificationof their curious desires.
WHAT CAUSES IT:
Hormonal imbalance? Economic conditions? Fear of death? Culturaldeprivation? Pathological condition? Social conditioning? Childhoodtrauma? Parental program?
One theory advanced is that heterosexuals have an imbalance in their sexhormones instead of the normal mixture of the two, they have an excess ofone or a dearth of the other, resulting in an inability to enjoy full andsatisfying relationships with their own sex.
Our society grants financial and other incentives for exclusively (i.e.neurotic) heterosexual coupling: from tax concessions to council houses.To be gay is expensive and many people simply cannot afford it.
FEAR OF DEATH
A terror of mortality lies beneath much heterosexual coupling. Driven toperpetuate themselves at any cost, most heterosexuals are indifferent tothe prospect of the world-wide famine that will result if the presentpopulation explosion continues unchecked.
Most heterosexuals will be found to have come from a background in whichan appreciation of the beauty of their own bodies has been ruthlesslysuppressed. Heterosexual men in particular think themselves 'ugly', beautybeing ascribed only to women. Many psychic disorders stem from thisself-rejection.
Many heterosexuals claim that they were just 'born that way'.Unfortunately this doesn't hold water. All human beings are the result ofthe interaction between their substance and their environment andheterosexuals, like the rest of us, must share the responsibility fortheir condition.
Many unthinking heterosexuals succumb to the daily bombardment ofconditioning from the mass media and live out their lives trapped inoppressive stereotypes. We should feel compassion for such people, nothostility, for their rejection of all those parts of the self that do notconform to the 'married-couple' ideal, is a measure of their loss ofcontact with their own unique sexuality.
A bad experience with a member of the same sex while young may causerejection of all members of the same sex through fear. The desirecontinues in the subconscious and emerges as a heterosexual neurosis.
In most cases of compulsive heterosexual behavior, the parents will befound to have suffered from similar difficulties
The text for this shirt has been adapted from Alan Wakeman's 1975 Gay Liberation poster-mural that mocked heterosexist platitudes. All proceeds from the sale of this shirt support queer entrepreneurship.