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A Cross Section of Kids From 5 to 13 React to Gay Marriage

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 5, 2013 | Comments ()


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This, I found, fascinating, because I live in a world where many parents I know are politically correct to the point of obnoxiousness (including myself), so I don’t even think my kid knows what the word “gay” is. Two men kissing would seem as natural to him as two women kissing, which is to say: He’s completely indifferent to both. Occasionally, we will try to subtly wheedle out a sexual preference out of curiosity, but he’s never betrayed an orientation.

I would assume, however, that this is more unusual than not, and that most liberal parents have at least discussed with their children the matter, and the social politics of the parents is likely to filter into the worldview of the children, which is why this video is so fascinating. Some kids think it’s great, some are confused, and some aren’t fans, but even the ones that aren’t fans don’t dislike the idea for malicious reasons, but because “how are you going to know about girl things if you just hang out with boys all the time?”

It’s all very neat and sweet and progressive and hopeful.

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  • Guest

    Kids need to see things correctly. I don't have a problem with gay people. But telling your kids that being gay is normal and okay is wrong.

  • TK

    Yeah, well being a douchebag isn't normal either, yet here you are. You don't see us telling you who to marry.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Guest",

    First of all, I don't know whether to call you a wimp for hiding behind "Guest" - for that would mean Pajiba is quite aware of your handle, and therefore you'd rather keep anonymity when it comes to your beliefs on homosexuality - or, to actually understand why you are hiding. Obviously, this is a pretty much Liberal site, and most beliefs tend to be in accord with Human Rights and Equality.

    Second, homosexuality is very much natural, normal and common. From a scientific and biological perspective, let me assure you that it was confirmed a few years ago that homosexuality is strongly correlated to the shape of the amygdala; A brain structure which forms prior to birth.

    The amygdalas of gay men resemble those of straight women, and the amygdalas of gay women resemble those of straight men. We can now examine these brain structures in infants and predict with fairly high accuracy whether they will be gay or straight.

    A gay person, a human being, is not just your ordinary Joe or Jane who chooses to be attracted to the member of the same sex, they are well and truly PHYSIOLOGICALLY gay. You might have noticed that gay men and women have radically different aesthetics than their straight counterparts.

    It is all tied to these very deep-seated features of the brain.

    Third, The hereditary link of homosexuality has long been established, but scientists knew it was not a strictly genetic link, because there are many pairs of identical twins who have differing sexuality. Scientists from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis say homosexuality seems to have an epigenetic, not a genetic link.

    Meaning, homosexuality is linked to epi-marks — extra layers of information that control how certain genes are expressed. These epi-marks are usually, but not always, "erased" between generations.

    In homosexuals, these epi-marks aren't erased — they're passed from father-to-daughter or mother-to-son. Epi-marks contribute to both the similarity and dissimilarity of family members, and can therefore feasibly contribute to the observed familial inheritance of homosexuality and its low concordance between [identical] twins.

    Evolutionarily speaking, if homosexuality was solely a genetic trait, scientists would expect the trait to eventually disappear because homosexuals wouldn't be expected to reproduce. But because epi-marks provide an evolutionary advantage for the parents of homosexuals: They protect fathers of homosexuals from underexposure to testosterone, and mothers of homosexuals from
    overexposure to testosterone while they are in gestation.

    Homosexuality is in nature, it's very common. Homosexual behavior has been observed in black swans, penguins, sheep, and other animals. To deny nature, if you are a believer in one deity, is to actually deny God.

    And now that you know the truth "Guest", you can either stay victim to decades of stigmatization, fall prey to false preaching and might as well believe the Earth is flat, the sun sets in the East, the sun revolves around Earth, and Earth is the center of the Universe.

    Or... Start questioning why do you believe what you believe in. On what dogma and fallacy were you raised in, and what distortions have continuously fostered such disregard for true beauty in Human Nature.

    In the age of easy internet access, you can educate yourself, learn the truth and accept that you have been mislead into prevaricating nature in its true creation.

  • mswas

    You can lead an idiot to the internet, but you can't make him think.

  • BlackRabbit

    "If homosexuality was solely a genetic trait, scientists would expect
    the trait to eventually disappear because homosexuals wouldn't be
    expected to reproduce"-eh. Lots of things might stop someone from reproducing, but there they are and they keep popping up. I wouldn't go with that as a great argument.

    Also, based on your argument, one might just say "So gays have a brain deformity?" I would not, but it would be an easy comeback and might even add fuel to their bigoted fire.

    It was a great and comprehensive reply-I guess I'm just feeling argumentative today.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    What?
    *incredulous stare*

  • Stacey A

    You know what's not very neat and progressive and hopeful? The comments section in Youtube.

  • e jerry powell

    I only sit on YouTube long enough to copy the embed code and move the video to my own blog, so I never have to read the YT comments.

  • Sirilicious

    Sounds like you are into self flagellation, going there.

  • TK

    Why in god's name would you wade into any Youtube comment section? You can post a video of the world's cutest baby snuggling with the world's cutest kitten, and there will still be 25 people calling each other f*ggot and complaining about Obamacare.

  • e jerry powell

    EVER. It's even worse than the comments at HuffPo. Sometimes the HuffPo commenters can at least spell.

  • Maguita NYC

    #PraiseFox.

  • alwaysanswerb

    "Is he a gate? The Golden Gay Bridge?"
    LOL

  • e jerry powell

    I always wanted to be a golden gay bridge.

  • TK

    That kid that broke into a couple of bars of "Same Love"? That's good stuff.

  • Hollyg

    The rationalization that kid made, about not wanting to move to a different state to get married because there might be tornados there was just the best thing.

  • Maguita NYC

    Kids have a wonderful tendency of putting things into the right perspective, and reminding us of what's important.

  • Another Kate

    "So if I get a big box of microscopes, does that mean I'm gay?"

  • e jerry powell

    I like microscopes!

  • chanohack

    Um, GAAAY!

  • e jerry powell

    Of course, I haven't had one since I was a tween...

  • emmalita

    That was my favorite line!!!!!

    He didn't seem too upset about it.

  • "I'm just new to the concept!" Love that.

  • chanohack

    She is my favorite! "If you go to a fancy restaurant you're just gonna be burping the whole time!"

  • emilya

    i loved that part! the girl just had such an expressive face.

  • mswas

    The kid Troy was in Master Chef Junior edition

  • Brian Merritt

    That blinky kid is hilarious.

  • Legally Insignificant

    It bothers me when the one kid says "oh, they're gay, but that's okay." I know I'm probably just being butthurt about the whole thing, but I feel like the "but that's okay" shouldn't even be necessary.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I understand your frustration, but I'm not sure that kids are qualifying sexuality the way you think they are. Story-time:
    My little cousin saw me kiss my husband (straight couple) and he said "ugh gross!" His dad said, "but their married and love each other."
    He thought about it, and said, "I guess it's ok" then made another face.
    My point is, kids say random things and I'm not sure it's fair to judge them. I don't think my little cousin hates straight couples, he's just a kid and doesn't get kissing/romantic love.

  • Legally Insignificant

    That's a good point. I didn't think about it that way.

  • the dude

    It's okay to be surprised by someone being gay, just because there are less gay people than straight people. As long as he accepts it, it's all good.

  • Better than "Oh, they're gay which I reject as unholy".

  • BWeaves

    They're little kids. Give them a break. It's better than them saying, "It's not OK." or just "Oh, they're gay." which depending on tonal inflection could be a negative or a positive.

  • Legally Insignificant

    I do recognize that I'm being overly critical. I just want progressive thinking on sexuality to move faster.

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