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The California Senate has passed a bill designed to curb the exploitative, hurtful and medically bullshit practice of “ex-gay conversion therapy.”

The fabulous Rebecca Traister on the terrifying (to some) phenomenon of the single woman.

“Nice Jewish girl” and “accidentally knocked up” are not mutually exclusive.

At Bitch, Black women and the burden of respectability.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/stacyc/ Stacy

    My understanding of the law passed by the California Senate is that it would only outlaw reorientation therapy on children 18 years and under. If this bill does pass the State Assembly and get signed into law by the Governor, there may actually be some unforeseen consequences. I have friends who have put their 15-year-old son in this kind of counseling. If this law passes, they’ve already made plans to send him out of state to live with his uber-conservative aunt and uncle and receive the therapy in Arizona. I know other parents who say that, if their child told them they were gay, they would make similar arrangements with out-of-state relatives or Christian boarding schools. At least, as it is now, these kids are at home with their parents and siblings, not being shipped off far away from home to live with relatives.

    In my experience, parents who seek out this type of treatment for their children are reasonably well-off and also super-committed to trying to change their child. If they can afford to personally finance long-term counseling, they can also finance sending their kids out-of-state. If they’re committed enough to seek out and enroll their kid in such a non-mainstream therapy, they’re committed enough to send them away from home.

    Plus, knowing this community as I do, it will likely only drive these programs underground. I think the thing to do is regulate them, not ban them entirely.