Homosexuality in History

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Homosexuality in History 1 Running head: HOMOSEXUALITY IN HISTORY Homosexuality in History Joel L. Smith Ashford University Cultural Anthropology ANT 101 Dr. Daniel Beteta Jr. September 11, 2008
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Homosexuality in History This paper is a brief history and account of homosexuality in the past and current times. It will explain what being gay is, as well as explain the sexual identity, and behavior behind homosexuality. In addition, this paper will discuss the various customs within certain cultures, such as African, Rome, American Indians, the Middle Eastern, the Southern Pacific, as well as the old Chinese Dynasties. It will also examine the prejudices within the Christian world, along with various other organizations, and why there are so many people who feel this way, and why and how these prejudices come to be. And finally, it will go over the advances in pro-gay laws that have been passed in many countries around the world. “Homosexuality (rarely hemophilia) is a sexual orientation or orientations characterized by romantic or sexual desire for, or sexual attraction toward, members of the same sex. The term usually implies an exclusive or predominant sexual orientation toward persons of the same sex, and is distinguished from bisexuality as well as heterosexuality. In addition to referring to a sexual orientation, the term homosexuality is also used for sexual behavior between people of the same sex” (Webster-online-dictionary.org, 2008). Although there are many words to describe homosexuality and gay people around the world, the term “gay” is most commonly used, even in other languages. “”Homosexuality” refers to the general phenomenon of same sex eroticism and is therefore the broadest of the categories employed; it comprises all sexual phenomena between persons of the same gender, whether the result of conscience preference, subliminal desire, or circumstantial exigency. “Gay” in contrast, refers to persons who are conscience of erotic inclination to their own gender as a distinguishing characteristic or, loosely, to things associated with such people such as “gay poetry.” “Gay sexuality” refers only to the eroticism associated with a conscious preference.” (Boswell, 1980, p. 44).
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In the past 100 years or so, there have been many theories on the cause of homosexuality. These range from perversion, sexual abuse, parental mistakes, biological causes, and even mental disorders. At this point we are no closer to understanding whether gay people are born that way or if it is something that slowly grows into having homosexual feelings. One of the most accepted theories or beliefs is the belief that gay people are born that way and it is truly a biological phenomenon. “Homosexuality’s invitation to biology has been standing for years. Homosexuals have long maintained that sexual orientation, far from being a personal choice or
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