Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

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Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality PSY/265 Some people often wonder and some may even ask why people choose this lifestyle. People may say that he or she is sick, confused, or going through a phase. Some people even believe that there may be a cure to fix these feelings that the person may be having. What is important is to see them for whom they really are on the inside, and that they have a right to feel and love whomever they feel is right. In order to understand homosexuality, you must understand full what it is. Homosexuals are attracted to their same sex. However, with that said this does not mean that the gay man wants to be a woman or the gay woman wants to be a man. Most are satisfied in their own body and they are just intimate with a person of their own sex. (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. (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
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