Questioning Sexual Orientation. In modern United States, though it is not widely accepted, homosexuality is one of the most widely known and talked about topics. Although many concepts from psychology can help explain the tendency why one may question their sexual orientation, the behavior and biological perspective are the two most used. Some psychologists argue that homosexual behavior is learned through the environment while others believe it is a genetic component (Ciccarelli, 2010). Those that believe in behaviorism, which by definition is “the science of behavior that focuses on observable behavior only”, argue that sexual orientation is based on culture and environmental influences (Ciccarelli, 2010). Some research has shown that males that have multiple brothers or a strong male role model are said to be more susceptible to being gay (Hickey, 2011). The general stereotype for being gay is feminine like behavior and a nice sense of style. Today’s media has given multiple examples such as Jack from Will and Grace (Johnson, 2013). Many may argue with this serotype but studies have actually shown that a common behavior for homosexual men is that as a child they are more feminine than masculine. Psychologist J.M. Bailey determined that about three fourths of males that show these signs as children will grow up to be homosexual (Ciccarelli, 2010). The major controversy associated with these beliefs is that it implies homosexuality is a choice (Ciccarelli, 2010). The biopsychological perspective suggests that is not really a choice but more of what biology states. A monumental amount of research has been done over the past couple decades on the differences of the brain of a heterosexual man and a homosexual man, the genetic components, and even parental influences of sexual orientation (Ciccarelli, 2010). One study says that women that experience a large amount of stress during the second trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have a child who is gay. Another study shows that homosexual males and heterosexual women respond in the same way to a testosterone-based pheromone that is found in one’s sweat. Tests have also been done on twins and siblings, researcher’s have found that fifty-two percent of identical twins are both gay as opposed to twenty-two percent of fraternal twins
Bisexual? The West Chester University Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Services states that, “Given the variable aspects of sexual orientation and given evidence that an individual’s sexual orientation may change over time, it is difficult to provide a precise and universally accepted definition of homosexuality.” In general terms, homosexuality may be described as the affection and or sexual satisfaction with someone of the same gender. Focus founder and fundamental Christian leader, James Dobson, however…
My beliefs on the various domains of sexual orientation have been tested on numerous occasions by individuals with opposing perspectives. Although I have contemplated both negatively and positively about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning (LGBTQ) community, I have stood up to promote and support their rights, and I have regrettably been a bystander to both the verbal and cyber abuse concerning the individuals within this cohort, such experiences have significantly moulded my current…
Physical: Symptoms as described above.
5. Family of Origin, Family Status and Extended Family History
□ Mental Illness □ Substance Abuse □ Legal Issues □ Physical Abuse
□ Sexual Abuse □ Divorce □ Other
Legal Issues: Extended family (two cousins) recently underwent an inheritance dispute when their parents passed away.
social but a sexual form. Her adoption of the male role of a preacher led in their opinion to her adoption of the equally "unnatural" role of a lesbian lover. The elders of the Church accordingly attempt to alter her sexual orientation by depriving her of the Word, forbidding her to preach. Her response is to employ her own words in Oranges Are the Only Fruit, a text in which she can reconstitute her sexual subjectivity through the signifying power of language.
She declared lesbian orientation was a major…
protection. (Source 5)
1. Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts began on May 17, 2004 (Source 2)
Individuals should have the right to choose who they love. Just as our society has religious tolerance so should our tolerance extend to sexual orientation? Live and let live. Separation of church and state.
We need to evolve as a people,
There was a time when slavery was legal, women could not vote, and you when could not marry who you loved.
Same sex marriage can bring financial gain to the…
the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. On Easter, when Jesus has risen from the dead, we color eggs, and hide baskets full of candy. While there may be a connection on why we follow these traditions, there also may not be. I have never found myself questioning these traditions until now, as I’m sure many other people have not. This is because our customs “provide structure, bolster a sense of collective identity, and help reinforce the society’s culture or beliefs”. To ignore our rituals seems illogical…
minority stress due to their sexual orientation, internalizing negative societal attitudes about non-heterosexuality, and their expectations of rejection because of their sexual orientation (Newcomb & Mustanski, 2010). Today, we have many youth that have decided to come out of closet, and have been shunned by their families and peers. Many have turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with their feelings of rejection. On the other hand, many of our youth indulge in risky sexual behaviors that put them at…
outright crime and is sometimes even punishable by death. Here are the worst forms of government-mandated punishment for simply being homosexual in different parts of the world.
Gays are not only put to death in several countries for their sexual orientation, but are afterward, to add insult to injury, also denied a proper burial.
In 2008, a much-publicized gay wedding in the capital of Senegal and a major international Islamic summit held in Senegal together (at the same time, kind of like…
Sex and Gender are Different:
Sexual Identity and Gender Identity
Milton Diamond, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Reproductive Biology
Pacific Center for Sex and Society
Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry -
Special Issue In Press for July 2002
Bernadette Wren, Portman Clinic
Fiona Tasker, University of London
Sex and Gender are Different:
Sexual Identity and Gender Identity
Module 2 Assignment Joanna Cross
Assessment is a process of making a judgement or forming an opinion of your students learning. Assessment is used to evaluate what your students have learnt and what they need to learn for future progress and motivation. Its role in society is to inform the students and tutor whether learning is taking place. If not new strategies need to be put into place and lesson plans need to be modified to ensure learning does take place.