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Science isn't subject to the relativity of opinions, and there is a science behind homosexuality.
Originally posted by K_WORT
Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is a very cyclical and circular topic of conversation. I don't think there is ONE realy answer. You can look way back into the arguements behind nature vs. nuture to come up with your individual belief(s) behind homosexuality; but, I don't think you'll be lucky enough to find any definitive answers or legitimate proof.
My personal belief, homosexuality is a very great and complex mix of nature (DNA) and nuture (cultural/social influences). Yes, homosexuality has been a common occurence since as far back as we can document, and yes, we do see instances of homosexuality in a wide variety of life...but, I have to question, take out genetics and will homosexuality exist? Take out the factor of influence, will homosexuality exist? I would posit that both nature and nuture work hand in hand to create such phenomena. Remove one or the other from the equation and who knows what we are left with.
Originally posted by wellwhatnow
As a lesbian, I just have to throw in my 2 cents here:
There's been a great deal of research and debate over sexual orientation.
Why doesn't anyone ask why my favorite color is black?
Why doesn't anyone care why I prefer spicy food to sweet food?
Why isn't any research being done to determine why I prefer heavy metal over country music?
The religionists of the world refuse to allow questioning of their dogma and the moral precepts contained therein. They never stop to wonder whether they are logical and rational because that's not the way dogma works. Dogma isn't science, and so therefore no one can ever question whether it's right or not.
Why is it always about why I am attracted to women instead of men?
Oh I suppose all the research and debate might have meant something at one time. If it had been determined from the very beginning that sexual orientation was strictly hereditary, then I suppose that I might not have been fired from that job. Maybe I would have been granted the right to marry the one I loved. Maybe things would have been easier. Then again, it might not have made any difference at all.
At this point I don't believe it will make a difference. If a 100% sure answer were to turn up tomorrow, I don't think anything would change. The general public would still have its own ideas and preconceived notions. My mother still wouldn't speak to me. That church that kicked me out back in the 80s wouldn't call up and apologize or invite me back.
So why is all the importance placed on who I am attracted to? It's a simple preference, that's all. No "agenda." No plot to take over the world. No plans to "convert" your daughters.
For whatever reason, I prefer women. I don't consciously choose to be attracted to them, it just happens - and we may never know why.