2: How Matthew Vines’ Video Misrepresents Homosexuality
Early in the presentation, the presenter states that the homosexual has the same needs, desires and “identical” quality of love as the heterosexual. He offers little foundation for this statement though, so the viewer simply has to hope that the presenter is basing his statement on reliable sources (NB there is questionable information out there when it comes to things GLBT EG2, EG3, EG4, EG5, EG6, EG7, EG8. EG9, EG10, EG11, EG12, EG13, EG14, EG15, EG 16, EG17, Ref.13, Ref.14, Ref. 15, Ref. 16, Ref. 17, Ref. 18, Ref. 19, Ref. 20, Ref. 21, sometimes even from supposed Christian leaders !) But in fact the presenter ignores statistically determined differences in average relationship longevity (Ref. 2, Ref. 3, Ref. 4, contradictory example), monogamy (Ref. 2, Ref. 3, Ref 4, Ref. 5, Ref. 6) even if married, average number of sexual partners (Ref.2), tendency to “hook up“, desire to marry, mortality rates compared to heterosexuals (I previously included intimate partner violence (Ref. 2, Ref. 3), in this list, but I now note that reports on this vary, perhaps geographically). Gay men sometimes acknowledge that their approach to relationships tends to differ from heterosexuals. Statistics also indicate a higher number of sexual partners, for homosexuals of his own generation even at highschool level. By not acknowledging these differences, the presenter is either knowingly misleading the viewers, or he’s revealing that his knowledge of human sexuality is only superficial. His angle differs from other academics such as the author of gay literature, Dennis Altman, who has reflected (FODI marketing, 2013) on gay marriage by stating “If the mobilising issue for the gay community is the right to emulate the traditional family with marriage and children, homosexual identity has been sacrificed for social acceptance.”
Later in section 9, I detail how the presenter oversimplifies the wavering that occurs between heterosexual and homosexual sexual behaviour.