So today in the discussion forum in class, the topic of nature vs nurture came up(I'm a psych major so this was going to happen ANYWAY). Well one of the students, I'll name him Mark Christian, ranted on and on about choice, and then said this gem:
"In the continuum I lean more toward Environmental explanations for our behavior. The choice to pursue a change in gender for example, rests on a decision by us to do that, and may come from overly being associated with a female All our life without a Male figure to model ones self after. Biologically/Gender we are NOT born gay, but in order to deny responsibility for our decision we will blame God for making us that way."
I started seeing white. I responded(like a dummy) and said:
I disagree with you on the idea of the enviroment shaping one's sexuality. That arguement states that someone like my mother, if around Lesbians enough, would become a lesbian. She's not a spring chicken, and like many many Americans(read: ALL), her sexual orientation was innate. I don't know what age she began seeing boys as "hot", but it did happen. In order for your argument to be true, the various experiments done by various scientists and doctors would be invalid. Such as the twin study(A link of one www.jstor.org/pss/3813571 ) and the study of homosexual men who were born to women who had a large amount of male children( www.pnas.org/content/103/28/10771.long.)
The only way enviroment plays on sexual expression would be inf a person were to stay closeted or not. In an enviroment that is oppressive, you would have more sneaking around, more secreative meetings, and overall it would appear that everyone is hetrosexual.
So again, I disagree with your opinion. Mostly because of the opinion that I hold that a person is attracted to who or what they are attracted to. This belief, however is ONLY relegated to those over 17 and in their right mind. A man who is sexually attracted to children, I do not see his proviclivities as a legitamate mode of expression. Children cannot consent. Neither can mentally deficient adults. That is why rape, child porn/molestation/rape, and all forms of sexual battery are seen as heinius crimes. Not two adult men(or women) who wish to spend the rest of their lives together.
Now, in that idea, the emotion or feeling of revulsion that many people who see homosexuality as a enviromental or choice bent is a choice. Or more likely, a viseral repsonse. To some, it causes rage, or even disgust. But are these responses nature or nurture? I believe that it is nurture given the enviroment that some people are raised in. In fact, this very enviroment is why we have such an upswing of bullies, school murders, and people who are just unkind.
I know it was kinda bitchy, but dear sweet Mary...I was about to punch my fist through the screen of the computer. It took everything within me not to rant on about the difference between consent and being manipulated....