Assesment 1 - MHS 252 Psychiatry Culture and Globalization...

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MHS 252 Psychiatry, Culture, and Globalization Assessment 1 Understanding the psychiatric history of lesbianism: from sexual inversion to modern day definitions and the political forces that drove them My topic focuses on the beginnings of the medicalization of what was called sexual inversion. While this started out as a way of denying women suffrage, arguing that they had a male brain that made them desire to be a female man thus should not be granted universal women’s suffrage, it blossomed into the medicalization of lesbianism as a whole. This invasive research consisted of exams without consent of women’s genitalia along side other phenotypic features that became attributed to lesbianism. Journals would document the way a lesbian would look and act in such a way that instilled fear in women fighting for equal rights. The fascination with homosexuality continues to this day with research devoted to finding genes linked to homosexuality and studies describing the possible evolutionary benefits of such an allele. Although there are far less human rights infractions today with this research, there still is the issue of the way homosexuality is being marked as the abnormal, or deviant, version.
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