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How Homosexuality Shapes Society
How Homosexuality Shapes Society
On the basis of polls held among 15 mln. audience Meetville started a new project Modern Social Trends that focuses on society and reveals its opinion on key, much-debated issues.
The infographic below focuses on Homosexuality and reflects public opinion on several LGBT-related questions, such as same-sex marriages, gay parenting, the connection of single-sex education, and forming of sexual preferences.
The total number of poll votes was 154,781, the majority of which were given by citizens of the USA - 64%. The average age of participants is 34 years old.
The problem which causes the biggest concern is same-sex parenting, as doubts are expressed whether children will be able to develop their sexual identity consciously and not become restricted to the homosexual choice of parents. According to a poll, conducted by Meetville.com, 58% believe homosexuals are equal in raising children. In accordance with majority votes, Fredric Neuman, M.D., Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center, remarks: “Impressionable children cannot be persuaded to give homosexuality a try by a sweet talk from a teacher or a scoutmaster. It is hard enough to convince them to bathe regularly, let alone get them to take off their clothes in unfamiliar settings. I had trouble getting my own children to try unfamiliar foods.”
29% of those polled still assume that children of gay couples are influenced by their parents to become homosexual. This opinion is challenged by Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. In her interview she provides explanation: “These kids express various benefits with regards to having same-sex parents. Seeing their parents be who they were, regardless of sexuality, enabled them to be flexible and accepting of themselves — to understand that they can be a woman who likes to fix cars or a guy who likes to dance, for example. Basically, LGBT parents serve as role models for not having to live in gender-straight jackets, and these young adults grew up feeling they could do and be anything.”
Children of same-sex parents are generally as emotionally and physically healthy as children in traditional families, and in some cases are healthier and happier, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Melbourne. At the same time, prejudice on the part of society affects them unambiguously negatively.
Scientists have collected data on 315 same-sex couples who are raising 500 children. It turned out that when it comes to temperament and mood, behavior, mental health, and self-esteem, the indicators of children from different types of families were approximately equal. When it comes to overall health and family cohesion, children who are raised by same-sex parents performed 6% better. Study leader Simon Crouch said same-sex couples are more likely to share childcare and work responsibilities based on ability rather than gender roles. “This contributes to a more harmonious atmosphere in the home and has a positive effect on the health of the child,” he says.
In a recent poll Meetville.com also touched upon the controversial topic of introducing gay superheroes in comic books. While 59% believed it was acceptable, a group called “One Million Moms” stood up to the changes: “Adult gay men want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light.”
Single-sex education was too attacked by anti-gay activists, who claim these schools promote homosexuality. A poll by Meetville.com indicated this opinion is not shared by the majority. Robert Kennedy, staff-writer, covering the topic of private schools, claims that “raised in a homophobic society we tend to look at single-sex schools through sex-colored glasses. The truth is that there probably are no more gay and lesbian students in boys’ or girls’ schools than there are in coeducational schools.”
Alex Cusper, Meetville service analyst, sums up: “Rapid growth of homosexuals stirs up a lot of debate. That is because this issue affects many ethnic, cultural, religious groups. Whether it is moral and right to promote same-sex relationships stays an open question. Hence, in this infographic, we provide public opinion on various aspects of homosexuality, which reflects the actual situation and helps anyone to shape the opinion on the future of the issue.”
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