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This paper provides a search and analysis on the psychology of homosexuality. In looking at the subject in a historical light, the writer hopes to understand and provide some input to the question of genetics versus mental predisposition. Providing this information, the writer hopes it will help bring further insight into the subject to understand the social and political implications. The writer argues that the place of psychology in studying the subject of homosexuality is not in the therapy to change one's sexual orientation but to understand the complex elements of sexual orientation.
From the Paper:"Homosexuality and psychology have a long history together, both condemning and aiding one another. Traditionally, psychology was employed in order to help classify homosexuality in a person, just like any other disease would be diagnosed and to treat that behavior that many were beginning to call "unnatural" (Herek, 2009, para. 1). Indeed, the public was just beginning to call homosexuality and other non-traditional, or at least not mentioned, sexual acts "unnatural," believing them to be some sort of "wickedness" (Herek, 2009, paras. 1-2). Before the end of the 12th century, homosexuality was actually accepted, "tolerated or ignored" (Herek, 2009, paras. 1-2). The existence of homosexuality as a normal act was often alluded to in ancient Greek texts and other ancient cultures. It was mainly due to religious influence that homosexuality and other non-traditional sexual relationships were condemned at the end of the 12th century, a condemnation that not only made its way through Europe (Herek, 2009, paras. 1-2), but that is also well known across the world today. Soon, homosexuality was not just condemned, but it was made illegal. Even in the first American colonies, harsh penalties were put in place for those who engaged in homosexual acts, in addition to those who had sex outside of marriage and even husbands and wives who had sex more non-traditional positions (Herek, 2009, para. 2)."
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Cite this Analytical Essay:
Understanding The Psychology Of Homosexuality (2011, December 31) Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/understanding-the-psychology-of-homosexuality-149777/
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