Thursday, July 25, 2019

No, the APA isn't pushing "throuples"

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Brian S. Brown in Verona
The ever odious Brian S. Brown has his grubby hands in other people's pockets again. This time on behalf of International Organization for the Family, an anti-LGBT hate group. According to Mr. Brown:
…professional medical associations … operate with the veneer of scientific and medical credibility, but in reality are little more than political organizations to advance a radical agenda.
The religious right loathes the world's professional medical associations because their policies reflect the best available science. That includes things like understanding that the continua of sexual orientation and gender identity are nature variations of human sexuality. Much to Brown's consternation they even confirm that gay people are perfectly suitable parents whose kids are healthy, happy and secure.

In an effort to discredit the American Psychological association and, at the same time, ask for some money, Brown writes:
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Let me introduce you to the American Psychological Association (APA) and their latest political quest – to normalize so-called "polyamory," or multiple-partner sexual relationships. … the APA wishes to normalize and promote: "consensual non-monogamy."

The APA has created a formal task force to study polyamory in the hopes of removing the stigma of the practice!
The above is not really accurate. The nun is not in Brown's email and Brown's text is incorrect (i'll get to that in a moment) but suppose Brown were truthful. Why is Brian S. Brown always the nun going “shame, shame, shame?” The intimacy of other people is really none of his business. But, of course, there is this:
As for the truth of the matter, the APA has 56 “divisions.” As the APA explains:
APA’s [56] divisions are interest groups organized by members. Some represent subdisciplines of psychology (e.g., experimental, social or clinical) while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic minorities or trauma.
Division membership is not even limited to APA members. Each division selects its own officers and most divisions are engaged in multiple projects and publish their own newsletter. Divisions are as varied as Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) to Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence (Division 48). Do those two overlap?

Division 44 is the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Within Division 44 there are 15 committees and four “task forces:” Consensual Non-Monogamy, Disability Issues, Religion and Spirituality and Racism.

Therefore, it is accurate to claim that the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity has a task force on consensual non-monogamy. The claim that the American Psychological Association has formed a “formal task force for the study of polygamy” is deep fried bullshit.

Brown doesn't need much money. International Organization for the Family and World Congress of Families are assumed names for the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. The real work of this operation is funded by right-wing Russian oligarchs and others (off the books) who, I suspect, are also paying Brian S. Brown.

The intimacy of other people does not affect me any any meaningful way. What does affect me are people who, for religious reasons, have nine or ten children (or whatever Mrs. Brown has cranked out). It is selfish and about the worst thing that people can do to the environment.

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