""The western media are widely advertising "homosexuality, which is influencing the youth," he said.
"She acknowledged that a lack of sex education in public and private schools may cause homosexuality and lesbianism"
"She said that few cases of homosexuality were taken to a "psychiatrist for treatment" and in "one case, a female student was placed at an Adult Education Centre for remaining that way.""
-- From an article about "sex education" in Gulf News.
In today's issue of Gulf News, there's an article about sex education here in the Emirates.
I have no problem, whatsoever, with any kind of education, whether it is about sex or not.. as long as it's education!
But a major part of this article talks about sex education as a means to eliminate homosexuality from among the Emarati youth.
A lack of sex education just means that you won't be that good in bed [at least the first time]. It does not cause homosexuality, as is stated by this misinformed lady who is quoted above. Cause homosexuality? Being the Deputy Director of Dubai's Education Zone, you should really read up on recent findings published in the news itself about how scientists are getting closer and closer to proving that homosexuality is innate, is an unchangeable biological reality, not a product of Western influence, not learnt behavior, not a psychological disorder for which you imprison a poor lesbian girl in an "education center".
I know Emarati culture is not open to homosexuality ["when they find out that their child is homosexual ... most are "ashamed and in denial""], but it doesn't justify lying about it in the paper in order to protect the Emarati youth which has "deviated" from the straight path [pun intended].
For all this imitation of Western cities that Dubai is doing, I think its officials should be a little more educated and civilized so as to not feel the need to eliminate homosexuality but to make its peace with this natural occurrence that they brand 'a psychological illness'.
This is a misleading article. People in the Emirates are generally not as homophobic as portrayed here and I say this from experience.
Totally unrelated to above post: Happy New Hijri Year! May 1428 be filled with love, life and laughter for all of us.. and maybe a little bit of education against homophobia.