The Continuum Concept
Some readers of Jean Liedloff’s The Continuum Concept have written us saying they were uncomfortable with a passage in Chapter Five in which Liedloff speculates that, under certain conditions, unmet infantile needs might be a “cause of homosexuality later in life.” (p.122 in the American edition) In a telephone conversation, I asked Jean about her current perspective. Her comments included the following . . .
. . . I don’t mean any kind of judgment, and I’m really sad that people think there’s some kind of badness about [homosexuality] . . . I don’t view it as sinful. . .
. . . People don’t choose to be homosexual. It just happens — nobody knows quite why — but it’s not something you can choose not to be. . .
. . . [Homosexuality] is not a central theme [of the book], and we could probably do without [the passage]. . .
. . . If somebody can live in love with anybody — great! I would like to see them have all the rights heterosexuals have. I’d like to see them be able to marry. If you can love anybody, that’s great, do it. . . What we want is for more people to live their love.
Liedloff has asked the publishers of both the American and UK editions to remove the passage, but unfortunately she has no control over when they will do so.