ST online forum: ‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays

26 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum

‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays

I WISH to comment on Dr Thio Su Mien’s reference to homosexuals as sexually challenged people (‘Gay activists a key constituency of Aware’, May 18).

Unlike one letter writer to Forum, I do not think that is offensive. It is a fact that homosexuality is an abnormality for the simple reason that it is against the laws of nature. Nature intended each species to reproduce itself and homosexuality does not do the job.

It is possible that some people are born with homosexual inclinations but that does not make them normal. They are in the same category as people born mentally retarded or blind or deaf or mute. While we may sympathise with them, we do not think of them as normal.

This is an important point we need to convey to children in school. Human behaviour is malleable. According to many historians, homosexuality was rampant in ancient Greece because it was socially acceptable.

So if teachers and parents do not teach our young that homosexuality is unnatural, our young may decide to experiment and opt for the homosexual lifestyle.

Tan Keng Soon

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1 Response to “ST online forum: ‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays”



  1. 1 My reply to being sexually challenged « Salt * Wet * Fish Trackback on 29 May 2009 at 12:12 am

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