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Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality [Paperback]

Richard Cohen
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  • 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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,212,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very dangerous book 22 Jun 2014
To presume that homosexuality is some sort of choice that can be changed is misguided, but to claim that it is an illness that can be healed is extremely dangerous.

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)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting 27 Dec 2011
Not only is this book promoting homophobia, against human rights and ignoring the WHO policy, but also scientifically impossible according to the American Psychological Association:

"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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I should be sorry for this guy, but I'm not 2 July 2014
By Pedro
He was, obviously, raised in a homophobic society and is so repressed he refuses to be comfortable with who is, in fact, is.

To ban this book (and other he publishes) has nothing to do with freedom of expression, because even this liberty has boundaries that one should not cross. For instance, to promote discrimination, to give false hopes (there is no record of one successful "conversion"), to elude the readers, and to raise hate for those who are different.

The author fails to understand that nature promotes diversity, not uniformity and although he has all the right to live or don't live is sexuality he should not sell these lies.

The idea of this book is offensive and I know that if the author defended that women are inferior to men or that white people is superior to black people this book was already removed from Amazon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 21 Jun 2014
In this day and age anyone who has these views is a dinosaur. Amazon should not be selling books like this that could cause so much harm to young gay people who need help understanding that the way they feel is not wrong and is just the way they are. I'm disgusted this book is even for sale on here.
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