Is Homosexuality Genetic, Developmental, Or Learned?

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I’ve chosen the ancient question; Is homosexuality genetic, developmental, or learned? I will try my best to take each option and consider them carefully and equally, as well as put in my perspective as its own form of an answer. In presenting each option and their pro-con sides, I will include my own thoughts as well as my thesis statements, which will be emboldened. This paper will go in-depth into the psychology and physiology of homosexuals. Studies from the past 20 years in 3 different countries researched the genetic probability of being gay. Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD., uses identical twins in his research on homosexuality. However, all studies reportedly conclude that homosexuals are NOT born that way. The scientific evidence Dr. Whitehead uses to support this claim is as follows, “Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay. Whitehead goes on to say that if homosexuality is genetic, the chances of both twins being gay should be 100%. After careful calculation and years of studies, he says the chances for both twins to be gay is 11% in men and 14% in women. Whitehead notes: “The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors.” So it seems to me that homosexuality is NOT genetic contrary to the implied belief sang by Ms. Gaga in the song “Born This Way”. Using Wikipedia, I read and took the parts of their articles that were sourced and correct for this next branch of the paper. This time we will learn about whether homosexuality is developmental or not. Sigmund Freud, a very notable psychologis... ... middle of paper ... ...and most scientifically supported. To me, they all seem somewhat valid, it looks as if it depends on the individual and their perspective of what makes them happiest. Like stated in the first paragraph, twins don’t share sexual orientation so it can’t be genetic. It has to be from a post-birth experience or circumstance. However, according to the 2nd/3rd paragraphs, homosexuality could be developed, or learned, and equally undeveloped/unlearned since we all start out with a bisexual libido, it could simply be swayed a certain way depending on the person. If you’re raised a certain way, like in a strict catholic environment, your bisexual libido would most likely be swung far away from any gay libido you might have, and only express your straight libido. As a homosexual myself, I agree with Sigmund Freud’s theories and ideas on homosexuality and how it comes to be.

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