Home Feedback Links Books. Homosexuality has been practiced for thousands of years. Simply put, homosexuality is defined as sexual relations between like genders i.
In recent history, there seems to be a fair amount of debate over the cause of a homosexuality. Is a person born gay? Is there some familial or environmental factor responsible?
In the s, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, who was on the verge of publishing his first major report on male sexuality in the US, enlisted a photographer named Thomas Painter to investigate gay subcultures. He was particularly drawn to masculine white men who generally viewed themselves as heterosexual; Painter offered to take their photos, a trick he used as a lead-in to sex. Although Painter was sometimes physically attacked, many men agreed to sleep with him — sometimes for money, sometimes not.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Genes and hormones have an effect, but a growing chorus says the "born this way" narrative excludes people who experience sexuality as fluid rather than fixed. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
The reasons behind why people are gay, straight or bisexual have long been a source of public fascination. Indeed, research on the topic of sexual orientation offers a powerful window into understanding human sexuality. Among the indigenous Zapotec people in southern Mexico, individuals who are biologically male and sexually attracted to men are known as muxes.
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I n a recent Guardian articleSimon Copland argued that it is very unlikely people are born gay or presumably any other sexual orientation. Scientific evidence says otherwise. It points strongly to a biological origin for our sexualities.
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The relationship between biology and sexual orientation is a subject of research. While scientists do not know what determines an individual's sexual orientationthey theorize that it is caused by a complex interplay of genetichormonaland environmental influences. Biological theories for explaining the causes of sexual orientation are favored by scientists.