- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: OakHill Press (May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886939470
- ISBN-13: 978-1886939479
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality Paperback – May 2001
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According to Richard Cohen, homosexuality is the result of many contributing factors; no-one is born this way, and anyone can choose to change. Here he presents the basic causes of same-sex attractions, a model of recovery, and the stories of individuals (including himself) who made the change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
"In many of these behavior-change techniques, "success" has been defined as suppression of homoerotic response or mere display of physiological ability to engage in heterosexual intercourse. Neither outcome is the same as adopting the complex set of attractions and feelings that constitute sexual orientation.
Many interventions aimed at changing sexual orientation have succeeded only in reducing or eliminating homosexual behavior rather than in creating or increasing heterosexual attractions. They have, in effect, deprived individuals of their capacity for sexual response to others. These "therapies" have often exposed their victims to electric shocks or nausea-producing drugs while showing them pictures of same-sex nudes (such techniques appear to be less common today than in the past).
Another problem in many published reports of "successful" conversion therapies is that the participants' initial sexual orientation was never adequately assessed. Many bisexuals have been mislabeled as homosexuals with the consequence that the "successes" reported for the conversions actually have occurred among bisexuals who were highly motivated to adopt a heterosexual behavior pattern."
[...] Then again the people that promote this book must prefer living in the Middle Ages than in the 21st century.
This book disgusts me to the core. If you are seriously considering purchasing this book, save yourself the time and heartbreak, accept your sexuality (or the sexuality of a loved one) and learn to be proud of it.
James (a concerned heterosexual)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came in good quality and looking forward to readingPublished 9 months ago by naomi mclellan-edwards
This book is nonsense. People cant change what they are. All this conversion therapy crap does not work, its just mind games for those that cant accept it such as Cohen. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Les
He was, obviously, raised in a homophobic society and is so repressed he refuses to be comfortable with who is, in fact, is. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pedro
Apart subtle spots, it is as new! Better than advertised ;)
Great book though polemic. Great witness, worth reading it.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who has unwanted same sex attractions and is considering the possibility of changing. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2007 by Jon