Homosexuality: The Search for a Cause Argumentative Essay by Jessie

Homosexuality: The Search for a Cause
Looks at attempts by advocates and opponents of homosexual rights homosexual rights movement to find the cause of homosexuality.
# 149629 | 2,800 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that both advocates and opponents of homosexual rights have supported efforts to determine the cause of homosexuality so that a policy and position on the status of homosexuals within society can be established. Next, the author reviews the biological genetic theory and the social theory; however, the author contends that identifying one distinct cause for homosexuality is problematic. The paper argues that the best position for the homosexual movement is to state that the cause of homosexuality is not important but, rather, the preservation of the equal rights for all people is the most paramount objective.

Table of Contents:
The Gay Gene Fallacy
The Argument against Nurture
Conclusion: The Continuing Debate and the Direction of Homosexual Rights

From the Paper:

One common theory is that sexual preference is biologically determined. Heterosexual and homosexual individuals are born with innate preferences that eventually determine their choice of sex partners. This view of homosexuality contends that homosexuals "Some evidence suggests that the widespread belief of a biological cause of homosexuality would help to reduce the incidence of discrimination based upon sexual orientation. In an empirical study focused upon determining the factors that influence the perception of social workers of homosexuals and homophobia,
"The understanding of a biological cause for sexual orientation was more likely to lead to positive regard for homosexual than other factors such as sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or living arrangements (urban versus rural). However, individuals who maintain very strong religious views, particularly those who view homosexuality as a sin, were ultimately the group most likely to maintain views described as homophobic.
"Based upon the results gathered through studies such as Swank and Raiz (2007), some gay rights advocates make the mistake of believing that a biologically determined cause for homosexuality would further the movement. Brookey (2001) explained that advocates of gay rights maintain that this research proves that sexual orientation is not chosen and therefore gays should not suffer from discrimination because of their sexuality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Avery, A., Chase, J., Johansson, L., Litvak, S., Montero, D., Wydra, M. (2007). America's Changing attitudes toward homosexuality, civil unions, and same-gender marriage: 1977-2004. Social Work, 52, 71-94.
  • Brookey, R. (2001). Bio-Rhetoric, Background believes and the biology of homosexuality, Argumentation and Advocacy, 37 (4) 171+.
  • Kimmel, M. (2003). The Gendered Society. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Parens, E. (2004). Genetic differences and human identities: on why talking about behavioral genetics is important and difficult, The Hastings Center Report, 34, 1-10.
  • Schuklenk, U., Stein, E., Kerin, J., Byne, W. (1997). The ethics of genetic research on sexual orientation, The Hastings Center Report, 27 (4) 6-21.

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