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Gay: Nature or Nurture?

A Research Paper
Presented To
Prof. Maria Theresa Panzo
Department of English
CASS, MSU-IIT

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
ENGLISH 2 (Writing in the Discipline)
Second Semester, SY 2012-2013

By

Sittie Hainah Diron
Asniah Pasagi
Hijerah Dimangadap

March 11, 2013
Table of Contents

I. Introduction - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1

A. The causations and origin of being gay
B. Thesis statement

II. Body

A. Family Structure - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 1. Detachment of Father to Child
2. Overprotection of Mother to Child
B. Parental Interaction - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 1. Frequency of Mother-child and Father-child interaction 2. Sexual Orientation of Parent to Child

C. Early Peer Relation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 1. Childhood Play Pattern
2. Elementary School Years with Friend
D. Brain Structure of a Homosexual - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 1. Interstitial Nucleus of the Anterior Hypothalamus #3

III. Conclusion - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -14 IV. References - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -15

Introduction

Have you ever wondered what makes a person gay? For years, homosexuality has been a hotly debated topic among students, scholars, scientists, and socio-political activists who for various reasons have tried to uncover its causations and origin. Inquiry into this homosexual behavior has emerged in which many different theories can be found regarding to the root of it, as far back historically as Ancient Greece.  The current debate is whether or not homosexuality is a result of nature: a person's environment and surroundings, or of his biology and genetics.  The debate endures because both sides have the ability to create a scientific environment to support their cause. In this project, we take a neutral position in order to refrain from inclining the research. The purpose of this project is not to prove whether being gay or homosexual is right or wrong, but to establish an understanding about the factors that contributed to the causation and origin of the controversial nature of this project. Being gay has been heavily influenced by family structure, parental interaction, early peer relation and the brain structure of the child. Furthermore, it is neither mental illness nor moral depravity. Rather it is a healthy biological form of sexual expression which in no way deviates from the natural evolutionary process of human sexuality. Studies of judgment, stability, and reliability, social and vocational adaptability all show that gay acts every bit as well as heterosexuals.

BODY

A. FAMILY STRUCTURE

1. Detachment of father to child

One factor under environmental construction of homosexuality is influenced by family structure and its malfunctions. According to Dr. Irvin Bieber (1962), "Homosexuals are not born that way; they are made that way largely by their parents. " He found that there was a large proportion that had fathers who were detached and hostile and mothers who were overprotective and intimate. In this case the father then alienated, becomes hostile towards the child, and fails to become a masculine role-figure for the child. Father's love and approval of his manhood is very important to any boy, particularly one who manifests other tendencies which may develop a predisposition toward homosexuality. Another study by Biller (1974) who was a predominant force in father-absence literature prior to 1980s “His findings and the findings of others have indicated boys growing without the presumed...
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