Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

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Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality In today’s society homosexuality is more widely accepted than in the past. However, discrimination towards people who are gay is still the case especially in the eyes of a religious person. In past historical eras, scientifically, and culturally has brought confusion among those people of their day. With every good opinion is an opposite opinion that follows no matter how strong the conviction may be. Homosexuality is not a new subject, but it is a subject that throughout history has been practiced. In certain parts of the world sexual contact between two males is recognized so they may find their rite of passage to adulthood. For example, the Sambian’s believe that an older man that is a great hunter can pass on their skills through the semen (Rathus, Nevid, & Fincher-Rathus, “Chapter 10, Sexual Orientation,” 2011). Younger males in the tribe would perform oral sex on the older male, and drink the semen to acquire the skills of that older male so he may find his way to manhood. Although, the males in this tribe would have male to male sexual contact they were required to marry a woman when they have come to age of twenty or so. The practice is customary for young male’s to acquire the necessary skills to become a great hunter or leader. Once this is accomplished the male will have sexual contact only with women. This cultural perspective in my opinion, can give the younger males a mixed message. By teaching them be involved with male to male sexual contact could unlock a sexual attraction to a male. This may not be the case, but if a male did develop this attraction he would not be allowed to continue once he has reached his early twenty’s. Historically there has been acceptance of homosexuality and then complete opposition to same sex relationships. In ancient Greece men would have sexual relationships

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