linguoboy wrote:Ciarán12 wrote:Are you claiming to know what it's like to be a heterosexual?
I was raised as one, you know. Were you raised to be gay?
When I saw the heated exchange in the sexism thread I became curious about what it implied - are children actually raised to be sexual (of whatever kind)? How is that done? Are they told to screw and bonk or something?
For my part, I grew up in Sweden in the 1970s, and we had something that was called "fri uppfostran", i.e. "free upbringing", or rather "lack of upbringing". This meant that there were no strict rules that you were told, instead you had to figure out rules by yourself. The result of this, for the individual child exposed to it, was not that "everything was allowed", but rather that "everything was forbidden", since we had no field of action that was clearly free. (I have read others sharing this experience, so it is not just me.)
Sexual stuff was never mentioned, and children do not have such feelings, so that was definitely not part of the child's world, unless you count hearing of family relations as indoctrination into heteronormative society.