josebach wrote:I am completely unaware of any existing relationship between homosexuals and child molesting. Besides, I was under the impression that a vast majority of victims are female. Is this not accurate?
As DK just said, the perception is definitely there. In fact, I'm not sure how you've missed it. Google "homosexuals child molesters" and watch what comes up; nearly every anti-gay group around has a website proclaiming that homosexuals are more likely to be child molesters.
As for pure statistics, in 1970 a poll found that 70 percent of the country thought that homosexuals "tend to get involved with children." As of 1992, only 27 percent of Americans felt safe with a homosexual as their child's teacher. Today, only 20 percent of males and 10 percent of females think homosexuals tend to get involved with children, but that's still an awfully high number for such a stupid idea.
Still don't think it's a common stereotype? Here's a history of it from UC Davis: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/h ... ation.html
And another from religoustolerance.org:
And here's a bunch of groups feeding the stereotype:
"Traditional values": http://www.traditionalvalues.org/urban/one.php
"WorldNetDaily": http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/artic ... E_ID=13203
The "Family Research Council": http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS02E3
The "Family Research Institute" (this study is particularly terrible; scientific method is obviously not a priority with them): http://www.familyresearchinst.org/FRI_EduPamphlet2.html
Even Wikipedia says so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_mole ... osexuality
This is the one of the basic party lines on why gays aren't allowed to be Catholic clergy, why gays shouldn't be allowed to adopt and why gays shouldn't be allowed to be teachers.
David Sedaris also has a though-provoking and rather funny essay about what it's like to be a homosexual and constantly terrified to ever come into physical contact with a child because of the people that cry child abuse. Look around for it.
Like I said, just look around. The stereotype is pretty much everywhere.