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What Can 't Be Changed During The 1900 ' S

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Alex Garcia
Mr.Cooper
English 11
30 December 2016
Trying to Change what Can 't be Changed
During the 1900’s, homosexuals were sent to mental institutions to “cure” them of what was thought to be a disease. There they underwent shock therapy, one of the many methods used in conversion therapy. In 1920 Sigmund Freud began the practice of changing a person 's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. In the beginning homosexuality was also deemed as “ a negative human characteristic caused by immaturity, pathology and family dynamic” (Scoolaid.net). Soon its popularity had scientists such as Eugen Steinach, Sandor Ferenczi as well as his daughter Anna Freud partake in the practice. If they were not sent to mental
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In “refusal to identify with masculinity” , a gay male may also want to be “cured” due to the inability to bond with straight males. As stated by a client of Joseph Nicolosi “ these monolithic macho things I couldn’t relate to”. Nicolosi and Freeman believed that due this inability a homosexual may feel “too superior or inferior to establish the mutuality necessary for friendship” (Healing Homosexuality).
Having a platonic relationship with the same sex isn’t always easy due to the fears a heterosexual may have when they have a homosexual friend. The lack of same sex friends can allow for one to often feel isolated. Carl Charles, a survivor of conversion therapy, had his pastor say “you think Jesus wants you to be a dyke? You think Jesus died so you can march down the street with all your faggot friends?” (advocate.com) This so called “therapy” made Carl feel isolated: “I couldn’t tell my friends, and adults I thought I could trust” (advocate.com). Not only is isolation one of the effects of conversion therapy but an APA study done in 2009 concluded that “ depression, guilt, helplessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality and self-blame” are risks taken when enacting in the therapy. The study also concluded that these “risks are even greater for youth. Minors who
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