Assignment-Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

Assignment-Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality

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Historical and Scientific Perspectives 1 Running Head: HISTORICAL AND SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality Name: Axia College PSY 265
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Historical and Scientific Perspectives 2 Historical and Scientific Perspectives on Homosexuality Historical and scientific perspectives have greatly shaped homosexuality and the way homosexuals perceive themselves. Beginning in early western society, specifically ancient Greece, homosexual practices were embraced by Greek society and considered a part of the societal norm. Younger-older male homosexual relations were common in ancient Greece. The Greek way of life seems very relevant today among homosexuals in modern societies, especially developed western countries. Today, many homosexuals have learned to accept their homosexuality, as it spans thousands of years, beginning in ancient times. The acceptance of a homosexuality lifestyle in Greek society shows that even ancient societies were aware of the differences among sexual orientation and adopted an attitude that permitted sexual exploration. Today, when many gay individuals coming out and adjusting in society, they can appreciate this ancient perspective because it shows them that homosexuality has been around for many years and that regardless of whether many people see sexual orientation as inborn or environmentally influenced, homosexuality was never a passing fad, but a genuine way of life. In addition to ancient Greece, early Rome (disapprovingly) had men who behaved effeminately and traveled the streets searching for male companionship. However, as Christianity spread following the collapse of ancient Rome, so did the disapproval of homosexual relations. National laws now prohibited any sexual acts that were not seen as procreative sex in a female-male marriage. In the late medieval era, homosexual acts and other
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