Homosexuality and psychology

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  • Culture And Homosexuality Essay

    Foundations of Anthropology Semester 2 2014 Major Essay Student ID: a1668201 Word Count: What role does nature or biology play in human behaviour? Male Homosexuality One of the earliest debates in psychology, nature versus nurture has been applied to almost every subject of human behaviour, and homosexuality is of course no exception. Whilst attitudes towards homosexuality have certainly shifted over time, there is still no firm scientific or academic consensus on what causes homosexuality in humans (Passer & Smith 2013). Much of this debate has typically been in the domain of psychologists, however, an anthropological analysis of homosexuality across cultures sheds much light on this issue and reveals the contrasting nature of the relationship between nature and culture. In this essay I will discuss the various theories implying a biological or nature basis for homosexuality, as well as drawing upon ethnographical evidence of culture’s important influence on homosexuality. Homosexuality as nature The relatively common phenomenon of Homosexuality, particularly in men, has been a topic of intrigue amongst…

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  • Sexual Orientation Research Paper

    Lesbian, and Bisexual Sexuality David S. Reitman, MD, MBA). Basically what this means is that Freud thinks that for a male to be gay (homosexual) that he most likely will have a broken relationship with his father and a very close relationship with his mother. Men who have older brothers are more likely to be homosexual due to the mother’s immune system. Some biologists believe that a mother’s immune system could be defensive to male fetuses. After every son born the chance of the next son being…

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  • Sexual Orientation And Homosexuality

    on the biological basis of sexual orientation. This idea is strongly linked to essentialism- believing that some phenomena are innate, central to one’s identity, universal, and most importantly, biologically determined. I will specifically focus on how genetic approach, hormones and brain neuroanatomical research, and evolutionary psychology explain homosexuality. A series studies on genetic field have shown…

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  • Homosexuality: Sexual Behavior Between Members Of The Same Sex

    Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behaviour between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality is "an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions" primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Personal Experience: Experience during internship…

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  • Gender Identity Gate Theory

    Homosexuality has always been a controversial topic in the United States, especially last year when the law changed for same-sex individuals are now able to get married. I attended a Catholic private school in middle school, in which we learned about God and the Bible. We were taught that people could be gay but that they could not act upon it, but it was best not to be gay because that not what God intended us to be. The idea of being gay was so abstract, I always wonder if a person was born…

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  • Andrew Sullivan's Views On Homosexuality

    Growing up in the latter part of Sullivan’s generation, I can relate to and agree to the majority of his perspectives of what is a homosexual. None the less, I can also relate to the evolving perspectives of homosexuality in today’s generation. Raising a homosexual child in today’s society has provided me with an updated insight into the ever changing homosexual culture. The combination of my experiences, as well as the accompanied sources, has provided me with an understanding of both…

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  • Homosexuality In The Media Essay

    While it is more common today to see homosexuality in society and media, reception to the notion has not always been positive. In the early 1990s more than 33 percent of gay men and lesbians had reported being victims of interpersonal violence, hate crimes, and discrimination due to their sexual orientations (Parrot, 2008). The media has taken on the challenge of combating widespread homophobia, and seeks to portray characters and lifestyles in which its audience/followers can equally identify…

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  • Definition Of Homosexuality

    Homosexuality Is a Choice Homosexuality is the sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one 's own sex. The term gay is frequently used referring to a homosexual; female homosexuality is often referred to as lesbianism ("Homosexuality Definition | Dictionary.com"). More common is heterosexuality which is a sexual feeling or behavior directed toward a person or persons of the opposite sex ("Heterosexuality | Definition of Heterosexuality at Dictionary.com:"). Today…

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  • Homosexuality Research Paper

    Homosexuality Research Paper Known for many decades as the sexual inversion, homosexuality is a romantic attraction between members of the same sex. Despite that it was considered a taboo decades ago, homosexuality had acquired great power in society in recent years. Homosexual individuals are also known as lesbian (women who are attracted by other women) and gay (men who are attracted by other men) in a like manner, the term mentioned above gay, can also be use to refer to both homosexual…

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  • Gender Identity Disorder

    Human sexuality and gender has been a topic of interest in psychology since the inception of the field. The field of psychology has made many strides in the way in which it conceives of and considers issues of sexuality such as what reflects a psychologically healthy individual and how alternative sexualities such as homosexuality are addressed; previously, homosexuality was considered a mental disorder, but we now recognize that it is not. Today, the debate has shifted away from homosexuality…

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