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minority groups. Since both sexuality and race are some of the core self-identifiers, I don’t find it surprising that they are linked. However, I am surprised to see that race was one of the determining factors that drove medical research about homosexuality because I’d think that it’d be the opposite since prejudice usually would be against all things “normal”. For Fausto-Sterling’s argument that sex and gender cannot be separated into nature or nurture, the use of a developmental systems approach helps to overcome this dualistic divide. DST argues that nature and nurture are constantly interacting forces that together, not separately, influence the development. DST theorists draw from the example of a goat born without front legs to illustrate this interaction: the goat’s skeletal system anatomy differs from other goats’, but all goats develop their skeletal system in the same way as part of how they walk, which is neither exclusively determined by nature or nurture. But I don’t agree with DST on how the system as a whole cannot be reduced into smaller parts. To me, this appears to exclude the possibility of a causal relationship between two things. I think the applicability of DST varies on a continuum that depends on context. Using language as an example, we can assume that the language a person speaks depends on their environment, not because they have a genetic
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predisposition to learn a certain language. Also, scientific experimentation allows us to form such a relationship between two variables by directly manipulating one of them and measuring the effects on the other variable. In Dueling Dualisms, Fausto Sterling describes the dangers of the nature vs nurture debate specifically with regards to homosexuality. Although most religious people believe that homosexuality is a choice and is cultivated by one’s environment, a recent study by
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  • Fall '19
  • Somerville, Fausto Sterling

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