...so I will concede at the beginning that there is a good possibility that you are correct madam. Yet I cannot resist a good philosophical debate even if I'm only playing devil's advocate for shits and giggles. Hell, I picked up Philosophy as my second major in college because I 'accidentally' wound up with enough coursework to qualify for it.
<picks up gauntlet>
That being said, let me counter point. I concur that vegetarians are most likely a red herring that do not compare in the same light. Your insight about motivation is probably correct on that front. I'd posit that some vegetarians don't eat meat for health or environmental reasons rather than "don't kill the cute cow" reasons, but it's still a totally different rationale.
I disagree with you about the man who wants to cure a lesbian however. It's all about challenge. Whether his motivations are altruistic is irrelevant. I'm not sure how you got that out of my post, but that wasn't the 'type' of guy I was thinking of. Generally (yes, stereotyping here), the assholes who think that homosexuality is a choice are arrogant pricks who believe they are entitled to everything under the sun. And a lesbian is an affront to that belief. The prick in question must attempt to bed her as demonstrable proof of his dominance. He views it as an irresistable challenge.
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