from Social Issues
In his essay, "Sexual Confusion and the End of Friendship," Dr. Albert Mohler observes that this film "presents the homosexual romance as a relationship to be admired -- insinuating that if our society could be freed of its hang-ups about homosexuality, these two could have gone on to live together happily ever after."
Mohler points to an essay by English Professor Anthony Esolen, on the corrosive effect of male homosexual relationships on the value of non-sexual friendships among males. Writing in Touchstone magazine (September 2005), Esolen accuses pansexualists of corrupting words like love, friend, male, and female in order to normalize sexual confusion and to impose their social agendas upon the rest of us.
According to Esolen, films like "Brokeback Mountain" corrupt the relationships between straight men and boys. Healthy male friendships become suspect if there is genuine non-sexual love involved. Mohler notes: "Normal, non-sexual, fraternal friendships among men now come under suspicion. This is especially true for teenage boys and young men, who are less secure about their manhood and more concerned about their own -- and their peers' -- sexual identity."
Mohler believes "The normalization of homosexuality destroys the natural order of friendships among men."
Psychiatrist Yale Kramer, writing in "'Brokeback Mountain' and the Romance of Gayness," points out that "Brokeback Mountain's" author, Annie Proulx admits that her story is an examination of "country homophobia in the land of the Great Pure Noble Cowboy." Kramer believes that Proulx's three failed marriages evidence hostility to men -- especially men who live by "white masculine values."
Kramer notes that in the movie, every "masculine" man is portrayed as a crude, drunken, violent fool. "It's a story that hates men -- fathers in particular," says Kramer.
Kramer, who has treated men with unwanted same-sex attractions, says that Proulx has no understanding of male psychology or of the promiscuity of homosexual males. He says, "This romantic model [of gay males] is as phony as the old cowboy model but what is important is that it serves the political aims of gay activists -- currently gay marriage."
He asserts that three percent of gay male relationships are stable, well-adjusted relationships, but the remainder are characterized by highly unstable relationships and dangerous sexual practices. These include bareback riding, gift-giving of the AIDS virus; bug chasing, and other dangerous activities, "none of which would fit the romance of gayness."
As far as homophobia is concerned, Kramer notes that FBI statistics indicate that between 1995 and 2004, there were between two and six homosexuals killed each year in hate crimes. "But," says Kramer, "strangely enough we hear very little outcry and protest when you look into the number of deaths of male homosexuals caused by AIDS -- 10,000 in any year. Such facts do not contribute to the romance of gayness."