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If You Seduce a Straight Person, Can You Make Them Gay? : Issues in Biological Essentialism Versus Social Constructionism in Gay and Lesbian Identities - John DeCecco

If You Seduce a Straight Person, Can You Make Them Gay?

Issues in Biological Essentialism Versus Social Constructionism in Gay and Lesbian Identities

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Published: 22nd April 1993
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The debate on whether or not people are born homosexual (biological essentialist theory) or become homosexual during the course of their lives (social constructionist theory) continues as each side claims to prove the truth through research and clinical findings. This breakthrough book shows the fissures in concepts of the gay and lesbian identity and the one-sidedness of both biological essentialist and social constructionist versions of both sexual and gender identity. The editors present an alternative view--sexual and gender expression is a product of complementary biological, personal, and cultural influences in If You Seduce a Straight Person, Can You Make Them Gay? Through theoretical analysis, ethnographic and empirical data, and case studies, the editors show how the one-sidedness of both biological essentialist and social constructionist versions of sexual and gender identity make it difficult, if not impossible, to conceptually determine the origin of an individual's sexual expression. This thought-provoking book covers many topics that are sure to cause readers to re-evaluate their thinking about the origins of gay and lesbian identity. Among the topics examined with this fresh perspective are:

  • Childhood Cross-Gender Behavior and Adult Homosexuality
  • Gay and Lesbian Teachers and Coming Out
  • Homosexuality, Marriage, Fidelity, and the Gay Community: Case of Gay Husbands
  • Can Seduction Make Straight Men Gay?
  • Gay and Lesbian Identities in Non-industrialized Societies--Surinam (Dutch New Guinea), Turkey, Nicaragua, and Argentina
  • Political-Economic Construction of Gay Male IdentitiesReaders will clearly see that the controversy over the being born gay or becoming gay debate is far from resolved. From the beginning, the book explores how human beings are less constrained by biology than many would like to believe. Social circumstances and economics cause some determination of identity, but not exclusively. Theoretical introductions to each chapter attempt to synthesize elements on both sides of this most contemporary debate.

Preface
Introduction
A Critique and Synthesis of Biological Essentialism and Social Constructionist Views of Sexuality and Genderp. 1
Biological Issues in Gender and Sexual Identity
Essentialism, Which Essentialism? Some Implications of Reproductive and Genetic Techno-Sciencep. 27
Childhood Cross-Gender Behavior and Adult Homosexuality: The Resurgence of Biological Models of Sexualityp. 41
Reproductive Strategies and Gender Construction: An Evolutionary View of Homosexualitiesp. 55
The Social Construction of Homosexuals in the Nineteenth Century: The Shift from the Sin to the Influence of Medicine on Criminalizing Sodomy in Germanyp. 73
Politically Incorrect Identities
The Construction of Identities as a Means of Survival: Case of Gay and Lesbian Teachersp. 95
Gay Fathers in Straight Marriagesp. 107
Homosexuality and Marriagep. 115
Fluidity of Sexual Identity
Can Seduction Make Straight Men Gay?p. 125
The Freudian Construction of Sexuality: The Gay Foundations of Heterosexuality and Straight Homophobiap. 137
Gay and Lesbian Identities in the Third World
Mati-ism and Black Lesbianism: Two Idealtypical Expressions of Female Homosexuality in Black Communities of the Diasporap. 145
Homosexuality and Police Terror in Turkeyp. 159
In Nicaragua: Homosexuality Without a Gay Worldp. 171
Invertidos Sexuales, Tortilleras, and Maricas Machos: The Construction of Homosexuality in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1900-1950p. 183
Capitalism and the Gay Identity
Politica-Economic Construction of Gay Male Clone Identityp. 221
The Mineshaft: A Retrospective Ethnographyp. 233
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781560230342
ISBN-10: 1560230347
Series: Journal of Homosexuality Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 22nd April 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1