I’m afraid that [journal title deleted] is going to fail that courage test when it comes to your article, “An Open Secret.” I strongly suspect that you are right about one of the causes of homosexuality, although I have to add that my suspicion isn’t based on extensive knowledge of the research. It is based on the observations of everyday life, which is famously an imperfect guide, though perhaps more reliable that advocacy-influenced “studies.”
As you know, [journal title deleted] has waded fearlessly into many contentious issues in higher education. But we are not totally reckless. Some matters that can be and perhaps should be put forward as academic questions are so vigilantly patrolled by the stalwarts of orthodoxy that our publishing on them might well bring a level of opprobrium that even we could not endure.
This isn’t an instance of my saying no to an article because I think the author has veered outside the lines of reasoned argument or good use of evidence, or has advanced a hypothesis that doesn’t warrant attention. I am, rather, acting on the view that we are at a historical moment at which reasoned debate on this particular issue has been shut down by forces too powerful to be opposed by one small journal. I wish it were otherwise.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
It's 1935 Germany
A couple of weeks back, I mentioned an article I had wriiten that provided a persuasive body of evidence that homosexuality, at least for some, is likely a traumatic response to childhood sexual abuse. I sent it to several law professors and bloggers I knew. Most simply ignored it; one (a supporter of SSM) was surprised that the left hadn't already burned down my house. One journal I tried to interest in it gave me one of those depressing responses that makes me think we are past the Reichstag fire: