(Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005) Historical and scientific viewpoints are greatly significant in the way that gay persons distinguish themselves today and how the development of gay communities have grown and changed. For example, looking at the historical standpoint, many of the male Greeks seen exploring their curiosity of interacting sexually with a member of the same sex, as totally normal and natural. However, the Christian Church did not agree with this view. They viewed it as a sin and un-natural. They also believed that a gay person is committing a sin and would burn in hell for having a sexual experience with a person of the same sex.
The rights of homosexuals are gradually turning out to be equivalent to those of heterosexuals in the United States. In my opinion, homosexuality is a biological trait. This paper will present some theories and other empirical evidences to prove the biological influence on homosexuality. Homosexuality An indisputable fact about humanity is that every individual owes their existence to the physical union between their father and mother, and this reality forms the basis for the concept of family. However, anthropologists clearly point out that the existence of homosexuality has been identified in some societies at different degrees of prevalence throughout the history.
This is because unfortunately there still remain a large number of people who believe being heterosexual is the only acceptable form of sexual orientation in our society. And there have been many attempts to reduce this population of people who identify themselves as gay or bisexual. People who have strong conservative or Catholic backgrounds have been most supportive towards methods to redirect sexual orientation. Despite the possible harm these techniques can cause an individual, some individuals still seeks ways to “cure” homosexuality. Among these attempts, a more widely discussed technique is a psychological approach; is Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy.
Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality Laura Hildebrand PSY/265- Psychology of Human Sexuality June 9, 2013 Kimberly Sampson Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality Though the fight for homosexual individuals to be fully accepted in society still continues there are some historical and scientific perspectives that have shaped the way they perceive themselves. In this essay we will discuss the ways in which homosexuality was perceived historically, as well as how it is perceived in other cultures and psychologically. Over the course of history homosexual acts have been perceived differently. In ancient Greece it was common for older men to form relationships with adolescent males whom they performed acts that some would consider sexual. The older males would insert and thrust their penises in between the adolescent male’s thighs until they ejaculated.
Are people born gay? Discuss the extent to which homosexual behaviour can be explained by biological factors. An issue in biological psychology shrouded in controversy, and often associated with multiple prejudices, homosexuality is one of the least understood occurrences with the topic of sexual behaviour. The angles from which this subject has been approached by researchers have changed alongside social and judicial attitudes to persons who exhibit such behaviour, as well as diagnostic definitions within psychology. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association made the decision to remove homosexuality as a disorder within sexual deviancy from the DSM-II.
Frankenstein: A Gay Love Story Frankenstein is a gay love story disguised as a horror story. Percy Shelley wrote the first three chapters including the epistolary letters, and the tenor of the story and its characters can be directly compared to his life history. Though Percy never admitted to being gay, there is ample evidence that he was treated as different, and bullied mercilessly at school. Evidence also exists that many of his peers, and his circle of friends were gay. The women that touched their lives were used as beards to hide their homosexuality, which in early nineteenth century England was a ‘crime’ punishable by death, (Freeman).
In my research I found a lot of things that left me astonished and eager to know more about homophobic behaviour. One of the facts is that “most” homophobic individuals are unconsciously homosexual. The human mind is made out of three different levels of consciousness. CONSCIOUSNESS: When we look at the conscious level of the mind, we looking at the things that the person is aware of. Before an individual can act or say anything, they are very much aware of what they will say or do.
Homosexuals have the right to love whoever they want, even if it is someone of the same sex. [Took out section] Though, I am completely against the stereotypical “gay lifestyle”. A “gay lifestyle”, stated by Robert Simthen, a gay citizen of the United States, is “A life that consists of drugs, going to clubs all day and night, drinking more than you could handle, being very promiscuous and cross-dressing on occasion.” Though this is not how all homosexuals live, some do. A group called Catholic Apologetics International completed a study on the homosexual lifestyle. As stated in their study, on average a homosexual will have from 20 to 106 partners a year.
Rather, current scientists agree that human sexuality (like other human behaviors) are due to the influence of a combination of social, biological, genetic and psychological factors. As a result the current literature offers a number of integrative models in which both biogenetics and the environmental (the mental and the physical) factors are used to explain the origins of homosexuality. The purpose of this paper is to review the relevant current research on the
In most television programmes homosexual men are seen as the weak character that is usually going through a form of bullying or rejection. Marxist’s would argue that the bourgeoisies (mostly white men) are the people that own these television companies and they want to keep reminding people that gay people are oppressed as they don’t want them to become too powerful. Television programmes (especially soaps) tend to use the storyline of gay people coming out as one of their most emotive storylines because they try to display ‘problems’ that people face in day to day life. For instance the storyline in Eastenders was how Johnny was coming out and his mother didn’t know how to handle nor accept the fact he was gay. There were many emotional crying scenes where his mother thought it was her fault that he was ‘different’.