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Psy265_Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

Psy265_Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

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Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality PSY265 Psychology of Human Sexuality Bonita Martin 9/19/2010
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O How do you think historical and scientific perspectives on homosexuality may have shaped the way gay individuals perceive themselves? Address at least three perspectives discussed in the text. O Include in your analysis the experiences of coming out and adjusting as a gay individual. O Finally, how have historical and scientific perspectives reflected on your sexual orientation?
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What is homosexuality? According to MSN Encarta (2009), “homosexuality is the attraction to same sex: sexual attraction to or sexual relations with somebody of the same sex.” Homosexuality is not something that has just begun. Homosexuality can be traced back to the Greek gods. In the beginning homosexuality was not accepted; however, recently in the new millennium it has been more accepting. Historical and scientific perspectives on homosexuality may have an impact on how homosexual individuals view themselves within critical world views. These perspectives and ideas can be beneficial to heterosexuals' understanding of others in our world of sexual diversity (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and trisexuality.) Looking back at historical perspectives, we can acknowledge past societies’ sexual behaviors, and religion. We have all head of how plays we done in the 1800’s. If not, women were not allowed to work so men played women parts. The Greek and Roman cultures were commonly known to take part in homosexual activities. The Christian religion has said homosexuality is wrong, and you will actually go to hell in parting in such sinful activities. The legal system became intertwined with the Christian belief that
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