Show 25 25 50 All. Almost 40 years since homosexuality was removed from the list of recognised mental disorders, scientists persist in searching for a "cause", refusing to consider whether sexuality and sexual desire could be social constructs, not biological or genetically determined. No major religious tradition teaches or affirms that homosexuality is natural or moral. Issues of heredity, hormonal influences on the embryo, theories of brain constructions and variations, and psychological-impact on physical development are all considered here. Biological theorists produced evidence, however, that these are not always robust.
Bisexuality is controversial is many ways, including within the gay community, and its definition varies depending upon the frame of reference constructionist versus essentialist.
Male homosexuality: nature or culture?
Though some gay advocates deny that the Bible condemns homosexual behavior, they must resort to interpretive gymnastics that distort the clear and obvious meaning of the biblical text to do so. See all 10 reviews. But there is no reason to believe this. After exploring sexual development in the human fetus, Mondimore reviews current biological research into the nature of sexual orientation and examines recent scientific findings on the role of heredity and hormones, as well as Simon LeVay's brain studies. Children often become aware of their own differentness as well as labels at the same time, often early in life, which can lead to prehomosexual children a term used by Mondimore from sociologies Richard Troiden to have a wide range of psychological reactions in trying first to understand their own feelings, which are confusing during adolescence to begin with, and then to reconcile their feelings with the expectations of family and community.
With consideration to the fact that this book was written inI still find it lazy and biased to not include Africa, which is the place of modern human origins and the birthplace of civilization, and Asian countries with plenty of intact written history and culture. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Something is natural if it is functioning the way it was designed to function. Ships from and sold by Amazon. It is not a disease state, not simply a behavior, and not subject to change. The topic often causes a huge stir, both within the community and in wider society.