Essay Is Homosexuality a Choice?

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Do you have any recollection or memory of your own self before you were born? Do you remember shifting through a menu similar to that of McDonald’s and selecting the color of your hair? What about the color of your skin, or maybe your height? Of course you don’t. However, if you were given the opportunity to completely change the person you’ve worked hard to mold into what you currently call you, would you take it? Again, you most likely wouldn’t. Your physical body, your thoughts, imagination, personality--all make up the whole you. You didn’t choose to be you, you just are. Sadly, throughout the course of history, we, as a collective society, have scrutinized those who were considered “different” simply because we were scared. No matter …show more content…
Through a survey Kinsey conducted, he found that 30% of males had experienced at least sexual climax while engaging in a homosexual act. Thus, the Kinsey Scale of Sexuality was created from these results. This scale categorized individuals in a spectrum ranging from 100% heterosexual to 100% homosexual[7]. These results are hardly relevant to the circumstances of our present time because we now know that individuals may exhibit a range of sexual behaviors. However, this was a step in the right direction to understanding the complexity of sexual orientation. Social science researcher Karen Hooker took things even further. She created the first tests that challenged the idea that homosexuality was a socially created characteristic. Under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the tests were executed in 1957. Hooker studies both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Both groups were equivalent to each other in terms of age, IQ, and education level. After the participants were gathered, they were subjected to three psychological tests: The Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test, and the Make-A-Picture-Story test. The results of Hooker’s experiment yielded no significant differences between the two groups’ answers to the tests. Furthermore, because the groups scored so similarly, she concluded that there