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Unformatted text preview: PERSPECTIVES ON HOMOSEXUALITY 1 Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality Nicole Ureste PSY/265 January 30, 2011 Carol Watson PERSPECTIVES ON HOMOSEXUALITY 2 Over the years homosexuality has been frowned upon by most of the American culture. Though it has been accepted in some other societies, it was not accepted here until recently. In the historical perspective homosexuality is seen as extremely sinful. In the Bible it states that anyone who has performed a homosexual act has committed an abomination. It also states that the person or people should be put to death. By the middle-ages civil statutes contained penalties for homosexual acts. These days homosexual acts are still condemned by most Christians, Jews, and Muslims (Nevid & Rathus, 2005, p. 299-300). It seems that this historical perspective would cause gay individuals to feel more ashamed and scared to be open about their sexual preferences than they may have already been. In the cross-cultural perspective Ford and Beach (1951) found that in 64% of other societies male-male homosexuality was socially acceptable and considered normal for some groups. The male-male homosexuality was socially acceptable and considered normal for some groups....
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