HOMOSEXUALITY: The Secret a Child Dare Not Tell was written and published to educate the public about the obvious, yet irrationally-resisted, fact that homosexuals do not spring up at university enclaves and on city streets as fully-grown, mature sexual beings. First they were children, and as children, subjected to a great deal of hatred and other negativity. The book gathers surveys from many gay and lesbian adults and parents of gay and lesbian adults, and shows that all gays and lesbians shared the experience of having to hide something essential about themselves from their families and friends.
Mary Ann Cantwell wrote the book with the idea of educating the parents of all young children about the possibility that their child might be suffering needlessly and alone
This book, considered to be very "user-friendly," has been selected as an excellent source for use in diversity training, whether for schools, churches or for business. The author imagined a day when health care professionals would provide sexual orientation information along with the shots which protect the physical well-being of young children. She believes this information should strengthen the cohesion and nurturing power of all families.
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Mary Ann Cantwell, the author, is 79 years old, a former special education teacher and syndicated columnist, a contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed pages, and the mother of ten children, one of whom, Mike, her fifth son, is gay. (Of some interest to Washington State residents, she is the paternal aunt of Sen. Maria Cantwell.) She is a graduate of Butler University, with B.A. and M.S. degrees. Homosexuality: The Secret a Child Dare Not Tell is her second book. Mary Ann believes "it is the business of old women to do justice."
Ms. Cantwell got started on this book after her son Mike revealed that he knew he was "different" at a very young age, yet at the same time knew he had to be quiet about it. This came out in casual conversation when Mike was in his early 40's. Mary Ann was surprised, even though Mike had been "out" with her since his early 20's.
So the author gathered surveys from many gay and lesbian adults and parents of gay and lesbian adults, and found out that most gays and lesbians shared something along Mike's experience; yet their mothers generally did not realize their children's different orientation until the kids were about twenty; and the fathers reported not knowing until they were told.
Mary Ann was able to use her old family life columns, written for the Indiana Catholic and Record during the first 10 years of Mike's childhood, to find evidence of missed opportunities to provide her son with a safe acceptance of his possible orientation. Drawing on John Stuart Mills' essay, "On the Subjugation of Women," Ms. Cantwell also comments upon the link between patriarchal ideology and homophobia.Review:
"A brilliant work for educators, parents, and clinicians. I have used the book several times in my own classes." -- Gerald P. Mallon, D.S.W., Hunter College, CUNY, and author of Let's Get This Straight.
"A real treasure trove. Pediatricians and teachers need to know this information ... vital to the well-being of the whole family." -- Pflagpole, The magazine for PFLAG
"Some of the stories are the ones we speak aloud only when dark has come to hide our faces..." -- Lesbian Review of Books
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