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. (Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005) Until recently, some religions would perceive the male on male and female on female sexual interaction as inappropriate. Then, consider the cross cultural viewpoints and according to the text, it appears that there are some cultures that are more accepting to this. The New Guinea is one of the cultures that are more excepting to the view of homosexuality. In this culture the young
Homosexuality is a concept containing so many perspectives that a single definition is far too simple to illustrate its meaning. The literal definition, as found in the dictionary, describes it as “sexual desire or behavior towards a person of one's own gender” (Dictionary.com Unabridged, page 1). However, being so negatively viewed upon by society, this term has been developed into a generic insult. It is believed by society that homosexuals lack masculinity. This idea of homosexuality is a major theme in the film Billy Elliot and the novel Funny Boy.
It is claimed to have been connected with either religious or some political ideologies, which tend to be against, strongly condemn homosexuality, and associate it with weakness, morally ill, and feminine. However, many countries from where the Islamic religion dominates have proven to be quote dangerous for the LGTB people. This is due to their way of intolerance against the group of individuals associated with the rejected acts, which influences the physical violence as well as discriminatory legislation form of directive. Researches show that, a majority of the criminal acts incidents may tend to involve physical damage, assault or destruction of property, verbal form of abuse, insults, or even offensive sort of writings. Research say that, the majority of hate crimes have incorporated a combination of two or more of the above-mentioned forms of crime.
Homosexual Perspectives Historically being a gay man or a lesbian was a sin. According to the reading sodomy is a sin and was most likely the reason why Sodom was destroyed all those years ago. Historically any release of sperm not meant for procreation is a sin. However, in ancient Greece it was common for established men to form sexual relationships with young men about the age of growing a beard. There are pictures on vases that depict a man inserting his penis between a boy’s legs but not in the anus.
A Cross Cultural Examination of Sexuality: Modern vs Underdeveloped Societies Psychologists have highlighted a number of divisions regarding sexuality across a variety of cultures. The word ‘sex’ has different meanings. Sex refers to the biological and physiological differences between men and women, the most obvious being differences in their reproductive systems. Every culture controls the sexuality of its members to a certain extent, by embedding it in the institutions of family, religion and law. According to Potts & Short (1999) the core social arrangement within the institution of the family is the marital relationship.
“The homosexual’s emotional longings, his development, his dreams are human phenomena.” In Sullivan’s essay, “What are Homosexuals for?” he expresses his views on homosexuality from his view, that of a homosexual male adult. In his best known work, Virtually Normal: an Argument about Homosexuality, he makes an argument against the discrimination faced by homosexuals to all those with a listening ear. The purpose of his argument in “What are Homosexuals for?” is to show his support for same-sex marriages, happiness, and equality in a society somewhat disapproving of such. His tone beginning the essay is warm and inviting as if to welcome you into his world and show you that he is a person, too –a homosexual person in the world of a homosexual. Sullivan tests the limits with his use of one of the three appeals.
Homosexuality: Nature vs. Nurture Brittney TaChelle Artis ITT-TECH of High Point Abstract Homosexuality stems from different cultural beliefs that same gender attraction is plausible. There are many biological contributions that falter the reasoning for why people believe they are born homosexual. Both sides pose important questions as which to be determined. As sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affection, or romantic attractions primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex. Homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation, along with bisexuality and Heterosexuality.
The rejection of homosexuality throughout history has led to gays hiding this part of themselves from society. Overtime, science has shown evolution, genetics, and hormones influences sexual orientation. Research of family trees show homosexuality runs in families and a region of the X chromosomes may hold a gene that predisposes one’s sexual orientation (Rathus and Fichner-Rathus, 2011). More people are becoming open about their sexuality and more people are accepting of homosexuality. However, the controversy between heterosexuals and homosexuals is still prevalent.
Likewise, this applies to the homosexual problem. There is a lot of movements associated with homosexuality at this time, and yet disputes from the both sides never come to an end. Acceptance of homosexuals has come far, but in society today we aren't anywhere near reaching an overall acceptance. Many people have hateful and discriminatory feelings toward homosexuals. Homosexuals are into the same sex and heterosexuals are into opposite sex.
However, the debate still rages throughout the world on the legitimacy of gay marriage, particularly in the United States of America where there is a large conservative and religiously fundamental community. In his essay, “For Gay Marriage,” Andrew Sullivan believes that marriage is a “public contract between...two people,” (266) no matter what each person’s sexual orientation happens to be. He considers legalizing gay marriage a step towards equality among all people. Conversely, William J. Bennett, in “Against Gay Marriage”, argues that sanctioning gay marriage would harm the tradition of marriage, and bring chaos to humanity. This essay will attempt to establish that, compared to Bennett, Sullivan provides the reader with the more complete and sincere argument backed with valid assumptions and an effective use of literary devices.