Homosexuality 11-7

Homosexuality 11-7 - Homosexuality o Homophobia irrational...

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Homosexuality o Homophobia – irrational fear and hatred of homosexuals o Homophobia can result in ridicule, beatings, or even murder. o Passing – hiding one’s real social identity. o Gay and lesbian adolescents attempt suicide at rates of 20-35% o Possible causes of homosexuality o Possible biological basis Hormone studies – inconsistent 2 nd to 5 th months after conception <critical period for sexuality If the fetus is exposed to higher levels of estrogen are more likely to be attracted to males as adults. Women under stress tend to produce more estrogen. Brain studies – LeVay found an area of hypothalamus that governs sexual behavior is twice as large in heterosexual men as in homosexual men. Homosexual men around the same size as women. Most of the gay men who were in the autopsy died from aids. Twin studies Monozygotic twins – almost 2/3 concordance rate Dizygotic twins – less than 1/3 concordance rate.
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2009 for the course PSYCH 2000 taught by Professor Domangue during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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