Gay con­tent, if vul­gar, should be reg­u­lated

Global Times - - View Point -

Many peo­ple feel em­bar­rassed tak­ing about sex, and of­ten pre­var­i­cate when asked by their chil­dren where they came from. But for­tu­nately, a se­ries of pri­mary school sex ed­u­ca­tion text­books have less­ened adults’ un­easi­ness in ex­plain­ing sex to chil­dren. The text­books were com­piled in ac­cor­dance with UNESCO’s In­ter­na­tional Tech­ni­cal Guid­ance on Sex­u­al­ity Ed­u­ca­tion and have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in China.

In the vol­ume de­signed for sixth grade stu­dents aged 11-12, the text­book in­tro­duced dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, and made clear that ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and bi­sex­u­al­ity are nor­mal and can­not be re­garded as dis­eases.

In­deed, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not a men­tal ill­ness. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­moved ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity from its In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases in the 1990s, and China’s In­sti­tute of Psy­chol­ogy un­der the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences de­clas­si­fied ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as a men­tal dis­or­der in 2001. Equal treat­ment of gay peo­ple is a ba­sic prin­ci­ple of mod­ern so­ci­ety.

Re­spect and pro­tec­tion of peo­ple with a dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion re­flects the level of civ­i­liza­tion in a so­ci­ety. Sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is, in essence, an in­di­vid­ual right, and all cit­i­zens are free to live the life they like. Ho­mo­sex­ual peo­ple are a mi­nor­ity. Pro­tect­ing mi­nor­ity peo­ple’s rights is a must to re­al­ize fair­ness and jus­tice. Emo­tion­ally, peo­ple may be dif­fer­ent in their ac­cep­tance of the gay com­mu­nity, but re­spect­ing oth­ers’ sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion should be the con­sen­sus.

The text­books ed­u­cate us to over­come prej­u­dices on dif­fer­ences. To a large ex­tent, the ex­is­tence of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity re­flects peo­ple’s diver­sity of sex­ual con­scious­ness and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. From Homeric Hymns to Death in Venice, many world-renowned lit­er­ary works are themed on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, not­ing that the most pre­cious hu­man emo­tions of­ten ex­ceed the bound­aries of sex. But il­le­gal con­tent on so­cial me­dia plat­forms must be erad­i­cated re­gard­less of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. This is a ba­sic prin­ci­ple of on­line reg­u­la­tion. In the mean­time, pa­tience is needed dur­ing the process. Lump­ing gay-re­lated con­tent with pornog­ra­phy and vi­o­lence, and cat­e­go­riz­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as ab­nor­mal will in­evitably trig­ger pub­lic anx­i­ety.

Sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion shouldn’t be used as a tool to catch eye­balls on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Vul­gar con­tent about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity may ex­ert a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on young peo­ple, and en­cour­age them to blindly fol­low so-called gay fash­ion. Above all, ho­mo­sex­ual peo­ple are or­di­nary cit­i­zens. While striv­ing for rights, they should also bear their due re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to­ward so­ci­ety. Sex is noth­ing to feel ashamed about. We hope peo­ple can over­come prej­u­dices and be­come more tol­er­ant of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions.

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