|Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 8):
Please give us your insight into this programme. I would be very interested on your views.
Well, first and foremost; I still twitch somewhat when I hear the word "freedom", because the mantra of "Freedom from Homosexuality..."
was so constantly rammed down your throat. They took great care never to utilize, or even insinuate, the notion of "curing" you however (which is why attempts to debate Exodus feature opponents who love to utilize the "c" word). Exodus Intl's goal instead is to be 'reparative', i.e., restructure the behavioral patterns you've learned to associate not only with each gender-- but in different situations concerning each (and at times, both) genders.
The situations you allow yourself to fall into are a big factor of that reparative philosophy. As such, for those new to the program-- there's some strictly enforced guidelines as to where, with whom, and what situations you can involve yourself in. Multiple males are never to be in tandem without the presence of at least one female, period. Large groups should have an equal or greater (in favor of females) female:male ratio. [[Something that should immediately jump out to any gay guy (as it did me) is their prevalent belief that any gay people (either gender) would not be able to resist the urge to sexually interact, even without physical contact, with ANY other person of that gender. I can hear all the queers reading this start to chortle uncontrollably
While on the topic of guidelines: they have recommended churches and tonnnnsss (and I mean tonnnnnnns) of required/recommended reading. I often compared it to the SugarBusters plan, which was all the rage back at this time (or to the Atkins Diet, for those who don't remember that far/clearly): you have Atkins-approved food, Atkins-approved beverages, Atkins-suggested exercise regimes, etc.... just as there were Exodus-approved churches, Exodus-approved movies/shows, Exodus-suggested philosophy (such as THIS
), and of course Exodus-approved/suggested/required readings.
.....I could go on and on, but it's 11:11pm and I'm starting to ramble. Any particular questions, just ask.
[Edited 2007-06-19 06:33:50]