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#460640 - 02/13/14 05:38 PM Sissy Boy Experiment
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
The Wounded Bird

This may make some of you angry, but I thought I should post it anyway.

The story is heartbreaking. If you'd like to watch the two episodes which have already aired, here are the links:

The "Sissy Boy" Experiment Part One

The "Sissy Boy" Experiment Part Two;v=t_AeCUSXfmU


Uploaded on Jun 7, 2011
In 1970, a five-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy was subjected to an ex-gay experiment. Under the care of Dr Ivor Lovaas and George Rekers, then a doctoral student, of UCLA, he underwent therapy to eliminate supposed effeminate behaviors. In 1974, Lovaas and Rekers jointly published a paper about the boy they renamed "Kraig," heralding his treatment for "childhood cross-gender problems" a success and claiming he had been transformed from a gender-confused homosexual-in-waiting to a healthy, heterosexual young man. On the back of this study, Rekers built a career as an anti-gay activist and a supposed expert in childhood sexual development. He co-founded the Family Research Council and championed reparative therapy to turn gay men straight. In 2003, Kirk, aged 38 years old and gay, committed suicide.


You may or may not have seen the two episodes of "The "Sissy Boy" Experiment" on "Anderson Cooper 360", the nightly news show on CNN, about the young boy, Kirk Murphy, who was not quite five years old when he was taken to UCLA for early intervention treatment in an experimental program for young boys who showed evidence of excessive femininity. Yes, that is UCLA. The purpose of the treatment was to change the excessively effeminate behavior and prevent the young boys from possibly growing up gay.

Posted by: Pufferfish

#460665 - 02/14/14 02:14 AM Re: Sissy Boy Experiment [Re: pufferfish]
Ever-fixed Mark Offline

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It's worth noting that George Rekers is one of the founders of the Family Research Council, an SPLC certified anti-gay hate group, and one of the leading proponents of so-called "ex-gay" therapy.

This same George Rekers was caught in Miami International Airport with a rent boy who confirmed later that he was hired to provide sexual services to Rekers although Reker's claimed he hired the young man just to "lift his luggage".

Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy"

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On April 13, the "rent boy" (whom we'll call Lucien) arrived at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123, after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was soon followed out of customs by an old man with an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.

That man was George Alan Rekers, of North Miami the callboy's client and, as it happens, one of America's most prominent anti-gay activists. Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.


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Everybody here's got a story to tell
Everybody's been through their own hell
There's nothing too special about getting hurt
Getting over it, that takes the work

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#460759 - 02/15/14 05:13 AM Re: Sissy Boy Experiment [Re: pufferfish]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
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Originally Posted By: pufferfish
The purpose of the treatment was to change the excessively effeminate behavior and prevent the young boys from possibly growing up gay.

this is hard to believe and even a little outrageous and offensive.
i did not watch the documentary, so pardon my ignorance, but...

who decides what is "excessively effeminate behavior"?
and since when does "excessively effeminate behavior" have anything to do with sexual orientation.

very few of the homosexual men i know are "effeminate" and very few of the "effeminate" men i know are homosexual.
there does not seem to be any connection between behavior, personality and preference of partners.


#460761 - 02/15/14 05:48 AM Re: Sissy Boy Experiment [Re: victor-victim]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Thanks for the responses to the original post.

I suppose I would have been seen as a sissy boy when I was a kid. I was not a natural ball player. I was not aggressive by nature, but I was more gentle and thoughtful. Perhaps this was something taken into account by the various "perps" who abused me. Perhaps they saw me as a sweet kid. Actually I was trying to find my way into a musical world. Even today, music is the most motivating thing in my life.

My father didn't want me to be a musician. He wanted me to be a ball player. For that reason I suppose I had a natural rejection built into the way I grew up. He probably saw me as being a sissy boy.

When I was 10, I was taken advantage of (sexually) by the 17-year-old who lived across the street. I wrote this up as pufferfish story part 4. Part of that story relates how I conjured up enough courage to tell my father about abuse happening across the street. My parents had almost forced me to go over there even though they didn't understand what would happen. Then my father responded with extreme anger and violence. The whole thing was viciously destructive to my relationships with father and others and to my personality. A photo taken the next day shows me looking very cowed holding a ball and bat.

In an adjacent picture, my father was seen in a self- contented posture, lying on an outdoor bench. I suppose that subconsciously I knew that he wanted a ball player. But a ball player I was NOT. The price was rejection of me as a person, or that's how it came across to me. I don't suppose I ever recovered from that trauma and it probably contributed to the trauma which would follow.


Edited later: Beside me on the bench is my loving grandmother Ollie. She helped me so much. You can see that she is reaching out to me in the photo. On my other side trying to hold the bat is my sister.

Edited by pufferfish (02/18/14 10:50 PM)


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