“Spectrum of Sexuality and the Kinsey Scale,” Sex Editorials, downloaded 20 June 2005, http://sexeditorials.com/theory/spectrum.html.
“Rhetoric aside, some commenting on my commenting,” by Aaron, tdaxp, 16 June 2005, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/06/15/schiavo_case_leads_conservatives_to_support_euthanasia.html#c137831.
Right before I started my temp job, Aaron wrote:
Gays – When someone is chronically ill, it is typically their families they turn to, and usually their families and loved ones that get them through. In some cases, it is the insurance of a husband or wife that gets them through. By denying homosexuals that ability to form lasting legal family units, we’re alienating them and abandoning them to a world of too-expensive medical care and unsupportive society.
Aaron is addressing the use of families in emotionally supporting ill homosexualists. Add into this the national and local status of homosexualists as the predominate vectors for AIDS, and we can look at a utilitarian approach to minimize physical and emotional pain.
All other things being equal, Aaron’s normalization approach would lessen emotional pain in the long-run. If strong families could span homosexualist bonds, the sick would have strong support networks in their bleakest days.
0- Exclusively heterosexual with no homosexual
1- Predominately heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2- Predominately heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3- Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4- Predominately homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5- Predominately homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6- Exclusively homosexual
…. is true.
The Kinsey Scale can be thought of as a Spectrum, or Rainbow, raining from the “red” exclusively heterosexual to the “violet” exclusively homosexual. Just as the visible rainbow includes an infinite number of colors, the Kinsey Rainbow includes an infinite number of variations.
Nonetheless, the quality of being homosexualist — engaging in homosexual acts — is binary, either TRUE or FALSE. So in this model, active homosexualism is a function of an individual’s Kinsey quotient, the culture he is in, and the societies he is in.
Remember that Aaron supported normalizing homosexualism on the practical grounds that it would reduce pain. But that it theoretical and in the long-term. On the other hand, denormalizing homosexualism would immediately begin reducing pain. And this argument was made by giving him the friendliest assumptions — assuming that policy should be made on pragmatic grounds, that homosexuality is a natural condition of man, and that the Kinsey scale accurately describes homosexualism.