Lesbianism Essay by Research Group

Examines theories on the 'causes' of lesbianism.
# 25707 | 1,078 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper focuses on lesbianism within the context of the genetic/biological and environmental causal explanation models which are being explored in professional literature. The paper demonstrates that rather than attributing lesbianism to some ill-defined impetus toward deviance or, in extreme cases, "sin," it is more appropriate and accurate to explore both the genetic/biological and environmental theories which are inherently non-judgmental toward lesbians.

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"Since 1972, mental health professionals have been engaged in assessing and then reassessing the status of homosexuality in mental health. During the last three decades, causal explanations of lesbianism have been conceptualized as emerging from a disorder, a possible disorder, and most recently as neutral in terms of the mental status of an individual (Throckmorton, 283). In the past century, homosexuality in general as well as lesbianism in particular has provoked concern, fascination, and often repulsion. Physicians, mental health professionals, civic and religious leaders, and members of the general public have often exhibited a propensity toward treating lesbianism within the constructs of the "disease model" (Throckmorton, 284)."

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