|The following repercussions,
because they involve economic matters and social arrangements, are not
significant factors in determining the moral status of homosexual activity.
They just illustrate how troublingly complicated the systematic integration
of homosexuality into a society would be if such integration is done
fairly----fairly in relation to heterosexuals as well as homosexuals (and
For example, if it makes sense to have separate barracks for male and female soldiers because of sexual attraction, then it also makes sense to have separate barracks for homosexual soldiers and separate barracks for straight soldiers, so straight soldiers are not ogled or sexually harassed by homosexual soldiers.
Now, while having separate barracks for homosexuals and heterosexuals would help solve the problem of homosexuals ogling or sexually harassing heterosexuals, it would probably exacerbate the problem of homosexuals ogling or sexually harassing each other since they are sexually attracted to each other and they would be confined in close quarters. Oddly enough, in order to ameliorate that problem it would make some sense to mix male homosexuals with lesbians in the same barracks because they do not sexually attract each other. This mixing would reduce the amount of sexual desire or tension in homosexual barracks. (We would have a problem housing bisexual soldiers since they can ogle homosexual men and lesbians and heterosexual men and heterosexual women and other bisexuals.)
The logic we have applied to barracks would similarly apply to all public bathroom facilities and to public showering facilities, like those in high school gymnasiums. If we condone homosexual behavior, then we would logically have to build separate public bathrooms and showers for homosexuals and heterosexuals, and the bathrooms for homosexuals should probably be shared by lesbians and male homosexuals. (We would have a problem regarding public bathrooms for bisexuals since they can ogle everybody, including other bisexuals.)
Regarding groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, because they do not normally have grown men sleeping in the same tents with girls as they do with boys, adult homosexual scoutmasters should not be allowed to sleep in the same tents with Boy Scouts (but, oddly, it may be okay to let homosexual men sleep in the same tents with Girl Scouts since the former are not sexually attracted to the latter). Similarly, adult lesbian den mothers should not be allowed to sleep in the same tents with Girl Scouts (but they might be allowed to sleep in the same tents with Boy Scouts). Bisexual scoutmasters should not be allowed to sleep in tents with Girl or Boy Scouts.
Are we beginning to appreciate the difficulties involved in a society condoning and fully integrating homosexuality and bisexuality into its various communities?