Shirley MacLaine Explains Homosexuality For Us All

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I just picked up Shirley's latest book, I'm Over All That -- And Other Confessions, and lit up when she equated gayness with past lives (which is surely better than linking it to past girlfriends).

Here's Shirley's rationale:

"One of the explanations for homosexuality and transgenderism could, I believe, be a profound identification with a recent incarnation as a member of the opposite sex.

"I believe each one of us has had both male and female lifetimes.

"As we make our soul's journey through time, I think resistance to reincarnational understanding is because we feel threatened by our sexual identity.

"We just don't like to contemplate seriously that we might have been a member of the opposite sex in a previous incarnation.

"Questions of sex and the spiritual understanding of the soul are intertwined."

I'm not fully queer -- I mean clear -- here, but if Shirl is saying that you could be a gay man because in your past life you were a woman, I'd have to say my familiar line:

But gay men aren't like women at all.

It's lesbians who are like women!



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25 comments
mwhat
mwhat

And if one were a gay man in a past life and had a hankerin for lots more men the universe would reincarnate him as oh idontknow, a female movie star who gets around like nobody's business

beaubrummell
beaubrummell

please tell me which  descendant from a lady of pleasure went inside Sarah Palin in this life?

Reborn this way.
Reborn this way.

Well, I don't buy into any of this malarkey myself but Shirley's karmic explanation for gayness is different from the one I heard before: homosexuality in this life was supposedly a result of karmic debts incurred by you in your previous incarnation through overindulgence of your sexual appetites.

Supposedly being re-born a homosexual gave you the opportunity to completely give in to those carnal desires (bathhouse anybody?) or to learn to strike a balance and by doing so advance up the karmic ladder.

I make no comment on the offensiveness of either explanation.

CMG
CMG

Oh boy.  I wonder if she has spoken to her nephew about this.

Lothar
Lothar

So that's why I always go on a date in my drindl and wooden clogs. 

Luis
Luis

I agree with her. If one believes in reincarnation, it makes sense that if in a past life, for example, I was a heterosexual female with desires for men, I could be born in the next life as a male, physically, with the same desires for men. Makes perfect sense to me, and that is not justifying homosexuality, but explaining it from a spiritual perspective. For us Buddhists and Hindus, makes perfect sense. 

Nicole Ranaldi
Nicole Ranaldi

i hear what she is sayin but i am not sure it is soooooooo correct i think it is a great theory but i dont think it is but ok props to shirley for defending us i think that what she was doin

Jack
Jack

Is it really so difficult to imagine that all of us have lived before?

Cocochanel12
Cocochanel12

  I always look for sound, solid scientific and spiritual advice from hollywood celebs.  Time to up aunt Shirley's meds.

Musto
Musto

Yes. As I said on Theater Talk, "that show is about a man who was a woman in a past life. Very Chaz Bono."

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Isn't this the premise for the revised Mary -- I mean Harry -- Connick Jr.'s "On a Queer Day You Can See Forever"?

Rabbit
Rabbit

This is still coming from a place of finding an "explanation" for homosexuality, since we're "supposed" to be straight. At least Shirley mentions it now: in an earlier book, she described a director friend (she didn't mention he was gay) as having a "girlfriend of sorts."

Lazy Jay
Lazy Jay

/facepalm. Great. As soon as someone finds a "spiritual" (read: religious) "explanation" for LGBT, that's just another door opening for some quack remedy.

Jonster
Jonster

Shirley MacLaine - Where ego and spiritualism collide.

Kimbery D
Kimbery D

I guess having her daughter Sasha being the 'model' for Regan in the Excorcist really did her head in! She's cuckoo....wonder what Annette B. thinks of her 'spiritualism' LOL

Movielover
Movielover

I don't know if that is THE explanation for being gay, but it goes with Shirl's other ideas about reincarnation nicely.  It's another way of explaining why we are multi faceted people, not just in terms of sexual identity.  Though it may sound a little kooky, it's not one bit more kooky than the ridiculous, usually politically motivated, outlandish ideas people routinely  believe about religion and brain wash their vulnerable children with.  Note: I love Babs' movie, On a Clear Day! 

Davore
Davore

I guess Shirl is saying we were born this way--in a past life!!

latenitebump
latenitebump

thank you! surely! in my past life as a white woman i was the virgin mary! mother of jesus! it´s a miracle!

Ick
Ick

But I thought we were all Cleopatra in a past live. No one was a chambermaid or plummer.

rolph
rolph

WTF is she saying? Why won't she let that past lives crap go already?

Bespoke
Bespoke

Right. Bt she's assuming that if you were a woman, you were a straight woman.

JW
JW

I think Shirley may be right, and I still love her no matter what anybody thinks.  You go, girly!

Rogie
Rogie

dude try brushing up on punctuation and capitalization it really helps in making your points clearer i for one had some difficulty following your train of thought really dude just give it a try i'm sure you'll thank me for it

Luis
Luis

Yes, it's about the attraction I suppose. A straight woman is attracted to men. So that soul is reincarnated as a male, but with the same attraction. That's all. 

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