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WGST 309, Sexual Diversities: An Intro to LGBT Studies February 8 & 10: The Nature/Nurture Debates Yvonne Ivory, Ph.D.
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Nature versus Nurture Nature: sexual orientation is determined by biology sexual orientation can be traced back to genetics sexual orientation can be traced back to hormones sexual orientation is determined by fetal development sexual orientation can be read on the body Nurture: sexual orientation is acquired/learned sexual orientation is determined by milieu/environment (class, family, opportunity; early psychologists) sexual orientation is a choice (least nuanced stance: gays “recruit” other gays/gays can be “cured”)
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Nature versus Nurture What’s at stake: Strategic essentialism
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Unformatted text preview: Gay is sick? Gayness can be cured / genetically predicted and selected against Discussion Groups 1. Alfred Kinsey (Meem 121) 2. The Kinsey Scale (Meem 123-4) 3. Harry Benjamin on Transexuals in the 1950s (Meem 125) 4. Kleins Grid & Storms axis (Meem 126-28) 5. Casss and Richs continuums (Meem 128-30) 6. The gay gene (Meem 130ff) & Hormonal theories (Meem 132f) 7. Problems with biological cause research (Meem 133); Mohler: Is your baby gay? (Meem 144ff) 8. Norton (Meem 148-49) Video from 60 Minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3pvAk7Zz5U&f Homework Read Baird, Chapter 5 The Politics of Sexual Control (PDF online) Read Meem, Chapter 6 (pages 151-174)...
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