♥ Book Title : The Mismeasure of Desire
☯ Full Synopsis : "In recent years scientific research and popular opinion have favored the idea that sexual orientations are determined at birth. In this book, Edward Stein, a philosopher and legal theorist, investigates scientific research on sexual orientation and shows that it is deeply flawed. He argues that this research assumes a picture of sexual desire that reflects unquestioned cultural stereotypes rather than cross-cultural scientific facts, and that it suffers from serious methodological problems. He then asks whether sexual orientation is amenable to empirical study and if it is useful for our understanding of human nature to categorize people based on their sexual desires. Perhaps most importantly, Stein examines some of the ethical issues surrounding such research, including gay and lesbian civil rights and the implications of parents trying to select or change the sexual orientation of their children."Article| Edward Stein| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Homosexuality
☯ Full Synopsis : "The author considers the role of male and female homosexuality in society and presents a range of theories about the causes of homosexuality as well as diverse theories about free will and the extent to which it influences sexual orientation."Article| Michael Ruse| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : One Hundred Years of Homosexuality
☯ Full Synopsis : "Halperin's subject is the erotics of male culture in ancient Greece. Arguing that the modern concept of "homosexuality" is an inadequate tool for the interpretation of these features of sexual life in antiquity, Halperin offers an alternative account that accords greater prominence to the indigenous terms in which sexual experiences were constituted in the ancient Mediterranean world. Wittily and provocatively written, Halperin's meticulously drawn windows onto ancient sexuality give us a new meaning to the concept of "Greek love.""Article| David M Halperin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Forms of Desire
☯ Full Synopsis : "Perhaps the foremost issue in the emerging area of inquiry known as lesbian and gay studies is the social constructionist controversy. Social constructionism is the view that the categories of sexual orientation are cultural constructs rather than naturally universal categories. Forms of Desire brings together important essays by social constructionists and their critics, representing several disciplines and approaches to this debate about the history and science of sexuality."Article| Edward Stein| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Straight Science? Homosexuality, Evolution and Adaptation
☯ Full Synopsis : "A genetic basis for homosexuality has been all but proved, yet Darwinism, the most widely accepted evolutionary theory, emphasises successful reproduction. How do we explain a lifetime preference for non-reproductive sex? Whilst social constructionism offers explanations in terms of social learning and cultural preferences, the body of evidence for a genetic predisposition to homosexuality grows. Social learning argues that homosexual sex is merely misdirected and therefore futile, but far from dying out it continues through the ages and is found in different cultures. What if there was an evolutionary advantage to homosexuality? Straight Science? Homosexuality, Evolution and Adaptation dares to ask such questions."Article| Jim McKnight| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Culture Clash
☯ Full Synopsis : "Includes sections on homosexuality in the movies (Hollywood), in the theatre, in opera, and gay publishing."Article| Michael Bronski| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Place at the Table
☯ Full Synopsis : "Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone."Article| Bruce Bawer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Homosexuality and Science
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Homosexuality and Science" is the compelling history of this intense, ongoing scientific controversy. The story begins in the Victorian era, when doctors were horrified to discover that homosexuality, which they called "sexual perversion" was widespread--probably the result of childhood masturbation, they theorized, and sure to result in mental weakness and blindness for generations to come. The story progresses to a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual scientists are involved in sexuality research, but where the AIDS pandemic has given rise to "reparative therapy" and ministries that claim to "cure" homosexuality. This high-interest title shows how our understanding of homosexuality has been shaped not only by theories of evolution, eugenics, endocrinology, neurobiology, molecular biology, psychology, genetics, anthropology, and sexology, but also by the values of the times."Article| Vernon A. Rosario| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : No Place Like Home
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this rich, surprising portrait of the world of lesbian and gay relationships, Christopher Carrington unveils the complex and artful ways that gay people create and maintain both homes and "chosen" families for themselves. "Carefully separating stereotype from reality, Carrington investigates family in the gay and lesbian community. Relying upon interviews and observation, the author analyzes the loves and routings of 52 diverse lesbian, gay, and bisexual couples in the Bay area. . . . [He] closes the work with a discussion of the raging same-sex marriage debate and posits an enlightened solution to this dilemma." —Library Journal"Article| Christopher Carrington| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Sexual Preference, Its Development in Men and Women
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♥ Book Title : The Science of Desire
☯ Full Synopsis : "The scientist behind the study that made a firm genetic link to behavior tells the inside story of how the discovery was made, and considers the moral implications"Article| Dean H. Hamer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents
☯ Full Synopsis : "This unique and timely volume provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent clinical work and research on the topic. Following an overview of the disorder, the first section of the book deals with young children, providing a detailed analysis of gender identity disorder in both boys and girls. The second section, which focuses on adolescents, covers gender identity disorder, transvestic fetishism - also based on the largest sample of individuals ever studied - and homosexuality. Detailed clinical case material, which brings the issues to life, is included throughout."Article| Kenneth J. Zucker| Statement ..."