Anal Reflections

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Republicans and Muslims surprisingly have a lot in common psychodynamically. They fear secularism, modernity, rely on religious truths laid down in medieval or ancient times, and support traditional gender roles and the subjugation of women. As well they both like swords and guns.

However their anachronistic world views are to be found most strikingly around the subject of homophobia. Although the causes of homophobia are unclear, several psychoanalytic explanations have emerged from the idea of homophobia as an anxiety-based phenomenon.

One psychoanalytic explanation is that anxiety about the possibility of being or becoming a homosexual may be a major factor in homophobia. Others are a counter phobic reaction to latent homosexuality. A number of cases I have seen had very poor paternal role modeling or outright abuse leading to the classic Freudian mother fixation and worries about sexual identity. Nevertheless their core gender identity was intact as was the attraction to females. Homosexuality per se is genetic and not due to faulty upbringing or simple choice.

In contrast to most phobias, it is widely believed that homophobia is primarily caused by a person’s direct environment rather any series of traumatic events. Here are the most common demographics that have reported the highest levels of homophobia:
Low levels of education
Religious  prohibitions (Islam, especially in Sharia mode, and Christian Fundamentalism)
In favor of traditional gender roles
Politically conservative
Residing in a geographic area where tolerance of same-sex relationships are incredibly low (Southern regions of the United States or Muslim countries).

Whether Alabama or Syria, if you come from a controlling home where your parents have negative attitudes toward gays and lesbians, you are even more likely to suppress same-sex attraction and more likely to have the dynamics that lead to homophobia.

Muslim upbringing has previously been described as being conducive to the emergence both of psychopathy and homophobia
Fundamentalist Christians take a literal view of Leviticus 20:13…”If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Muslims have the Qur’an (7:80-84) “…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds…. And we rained down on them a shower of brimstone”

Of course the USA being civilized and officially secular prohibits stoning, crucifixion, and beheadings.

The ancient Hindu scriptures describe the homosexual condition to be a biological one, and although the scriptures gives guidance to parents on how to avoid procreating a homosexual child, it does not condemn the child as unnatural. As for Buddhism, in the case of the lay man and woman, where there is mutual consent, where the sexual act is an expression of love, respect, loyalty and warmth, it would not be breaking the third Precept (sexual misconduct). It is the same when the two people are of the same gender.

Not surprisingly Islam remains the only global faith/culture still firmly entrenched in the 6th century.

All this brings me to colorectal anatomy. I recently became aware that in the Muslim world some MDs are doing anal inspections to confirm homosexual conduct among men. (I assume women are not targeted as detection would prove elusive)….

Apparently… “the shape of the hole will change, the anus won’t be normal anymore and will look like the female vagina.” So it goes. Oh and the adjacent skin is now smooth having lost the usual wrinkly starfish appearance. Plus of course there should be fissures. I must have been asleep during my one lecture on colorectal surgery.
What can we conclude from this? Well, employing psychoanalytic reductionism I conclude that Muslims actually fear death. Their fondness for martyrdom and gruesome methods of execution are a counter phobic reaction to death anxiety.

As Becker pointed out the anus symbolizes death because it is the final exit as it were of bodily waste and decay-the source of existential dread and the groundedness of being. Hence the homophobia-the anus is sacred. Punishment be to those who desecrate it.

Though Republicans can be treated with cycloserine as previously noted…… Muslims clearly might need a more radical approach in the form of a total colectomy with colostomy…

“Extreme measures are indicated for extreme disease”… Hippocrates

 

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