Katherine Timpf, in National Review, reports that sociologists have identified a new class of victims with a long history of oppression and discrimination based upon societal intolerance grounded in traditional religious beliefs.
Sociology researchers are now insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to â€œidentify as real vampiresâ€ â€” so that they can be open about the fact that theyâ€™re vampires without having to worry about facing discrimination from people who might think that thatâ€™s weird.
The study, titled â€œDo We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampiresâ€™ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionalsâ€ was conducted by researchers from Idaho State University and College of the Canyons and the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles.
â€œMost vampires believe they were born that way; they donâ€™t choose this,â€ said Dr. D. J. Williams, the studyâ€™s lead researcher and the director of sociology at Idaho State.
The study is based on the experiences of eleven â€œrealâ€ vampires â€” which, by the way, are different from â€œlifestyle vampires.â€
â€œLifestylers,â€ the study explains, are people who just do things like wear fangs and sleep in coffins as lifestyle choices, and although â€œreal vampiresâ€ may do these things too, they all also have one major thing in common that distinguishes them from the â€œlifestylers:â€
â€œThe essential feature of real vampirism is their belief in the need to take in â€˜subtle energyâ€™ (called feeding) from time to time from a willing â€˜donorâ€™ in order to maintain physical, psychological and spiritual health,â€ the study explains.
â€œUnlike lifestyle vampires, real vampires believe that they do not choose their vampiric condition; they are born with it, somewhat akin to sexual orientation,â€ it continues.
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