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Blowing away the 'science' of Surgeon General nominee's anti-gay paper

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin went to the library with a copy of  “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” the 1994 paper by Dr. John Holsinger, President Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General, and debunked the paper’s “research” tying what Holsinger deems “gay male sex” — when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur.? He’s referring to anal sex of course, which heterosexuals obviously also participate in, but that’s a detail he glosses over. Jim:

That paper, dressed up as a considered medical opinion backed by a bibliography drawn from professional sources, would likely appear to be rather impressive to the lay reader (as most members of the committee were). But a closer examination of that paper reveals very little of scientific value. Worse, it shows a startling eagerness to pull evidence out of context to provide damning evidence against gay men, while willfully ignoring counter evidence in the same literature which essentially destroys the core of his arguments.

From Holsinger’s paper:

“the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other.”

Jim’s summary (I highly recommend that you click over to read the whole post):

The whole point of Holsinger’s paper is to draw a sharp contrast between gay relationships and heterosexual relationships. But to do so, he he culls his evidence largely from papers which describe injuries from nonconsensual intercourse to denigrate consensual relationships, he describes odd sexual practices that are enjoyed by heterosexual couples to denigrate the minority of gay couples who indulge in those same practices, and he misleads his readers by padding his bibliography with more references to papers explicitly describing injuries experienced by nonheterosexual men and women to imply that they describe gay men instead.

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