Peter Tatchell is a LGBT activist who gave a TED talk back in 2015 about the future of sexuality:
Tatchell basically asks as LGTB acceptance increases, where will this lead us, as a culture, in the future? That is, as we move “into a post-homophobic, sexually-enlightened society, where there is acceptance of diversity, what would this mean for the expression of same sex identity and sexuality?”
His basic answer is this – bisexuality and homosexuality will become more common.
He speaks of a survey in Britain that found a greater trend toward sexual experimentation as “homophobic attitudes declined.” He argues more and more young people are recognizing their capacity for homosexual desire and predicts many more people will have “gay sex and relationships, even perhaps temporarily or experimentally.”
Feel free to watch the video to see him make these points (and more).
Yet there is something troubling about his talk.
For years now, we have been told that the gay and lesbian identity is genetic. People are born gay and choice has no role to play in such identities. Yet Tatchell’s entire argument denies this. He argues that sexual orientation is not preprogrammed at birth and fixed, but is instead malleable. And if greater cultural acceptance of homosexuality will lead to more “gay sex and relationships, even perhaps temporarily or experimentally,” then choice is indeed involved.
But there is something even more troubling. At 4:40, he talks about a tribal society from Papua New Guinea as an example of how easy it is for the human to switch back and forth between gay and straight states. Let me quote him about this tribe:
“all young men entered into a same-sex relationship with an older, unmarried warrior as part of their rites of passage into manhood.”The older warrior taught them the skills of hunting and other manly actvities, and that was by-lined with a sexual relationship. But once completed, those young men ceased to have homosexual contact and went on to marry. In other words, they went through a phase or period of homosexuality, where they were sexually functional with another male.”
Sorry, but alarm bells went off in my head. I don’t believe there is some tribe where a bunch of “young men” let the older men have sexual relations with them as part of some training. That sounds like something that that would happen to boys.
So I did some looking around. It turns out Tatchell has been admiring this tribe for decades. Back in 1997, he sent a letter to the The Guardian which sounds awfully familiar:
ROS Coward (Why Dares to Speak says nothing useful, June 23) thinks it is ‘shocking’ that Gay Men’s Press has published a book, Dares To Speak, which challenges the assumption that all sex involving children and adults is abusive. I think it is courageous.
The distinguished psychologists and anthropologists cited in this book deserve to be heard. Offering a rational, informed perspective on sexual relations between younger and older people, they document examples of societies where consenting inter-generational sex is considered normal, beneficial and enjoyable by old and young alike. Prof Gilbert Herdt points to the Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea, where all young boys have sex with older warriors as part of their initiation into manhood. Far from being harmed, Prof Herdt says the boys grow up to be happy, well-adjusted husbands and fathers.
The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.
While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.
Tatchell is clearly defending pedophilia. And note that back in 1997, he clearly states these were “young boys” who had sex with older warriors. In 2015, Tatchell lies by calling them “young men.”
Thus, it would seem that as Tatchell looks forward to a future where more and more people are “having gay sex and relationships,” that would include relationships between young boys and older men (which he clearly categiorizes as “homosexual”). After all, he thinks it “courageous” to challenge the assumption that all sex involving children and adults is abusive and there are some child-adult sexual relationships that are quite positive.
So I had to follow up one final hunch and……..what do we have here?
“I am proud to be a supporter of Humanists UK. As an atheist, secularist and humanist I believe that reason, science and ethics – not religious superstition – are the best way to understand the world and promote human rights and welfare. – Peter Tatchell
Surprise. Yet another apologist for pedophilia is an atheist.