Sexual Orientation ( I’m too lazy to think of a witty title and I have no idea why the hell I’m typing this, I’m just wasting your time so let’s move on) by Jan Paolo S. Villaverde

29 Mar

Greetings my fellow disciples of the discipline of psychology. Your paragon of light, the bringer of rain, the slayer of death, the light within the darkest tunnel, the soldier of love, the champion of Cainta ( I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, I think somebody put drugs in my food) is back!! 

This time I’m here to talk about Sexual Orientation. What inspired me to talk about sexual orientation you ask, well I was watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand (which is awesome by the way) and there was this scene where two black guys (I’m not racist, but they are black) are having sex inside their cell. Then I remembered that I need to write a blog post for psychology (I don’t know what kind of association I made by connecting sex between two black dudes and psychology, I’m confused as well)

So what is Sexual Orientation?? 

“Sexual orientation” is a term frequently used to describe a person’s romantic, emotional or sexual attraction to another person. A person attracted to another person of the same sex is said to have a homosexual orientation and may be called gay (both men and women) or lesbian. Individuals attracted to persons of the other sex are said to have a heterosexual orientation. Sexual orientation falls along a continuum and individuals who are attracted to both men and women are said to be bisexual. Sexual orientation is different from gender identity, which refers to the internal sense of whether one is male or female. Sexual orientation is a relatively new concept. In fact, although same sex behavior has always existed, the idea of a homosexual identity or a homosexual person is only about 100 years old.

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The concept of sexual orientation refers to more than sexual behavior. It includes feelings as well as identity. Some individuals may identify themselves as gay lesbian or bisexual without engaging in any sexual activity. Some people believe that sexual orientation is innate and fixed; however, sexual orientation develops across a person’s lifetime. Individuals maybe become aware at different points in their lives that they are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

So what is the cause for sexual orientation? No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. Homosexuality was once thought to be the result of troubled family dynamics or faulty psychological development. Those assumptions are now understood to have been based on misinformation and prejudice.No specific psychosocial or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified, including histories of childhood sexual abuse. Sexual abuse does not appear to be more prevalent in children who grow up to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, than in children who identify as heterosexual.

So is homosexuality a psychological disorder? (I asked myself after watching Spartacus, I didn’t expect gladiators were so gay, but that’s just my prejudice so moving on). The answer is No. All major professional mental health organizations have gone on record to affirm that homosexuality is not a mental disorder. In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association’s Board of Trustees removed homosexuality from its official diagnostic manual, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition (DSM II). The action was taken following a review of the scientific literature and consultation with experts in the field. The experts found that homosexuality does not meet the criteria to be considered a mental illness.

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Unfortunately Fears and misunderstandings about homosexuality are wide spread. They present daunting challenges to the development and maintenance of a positive self-image in gay, lesbian and bisexual persons and often to their families as well. “Homophobia” is a term that refers to the irrational fear and prejudice against homosexual persons. Public opinion polls in the United States show that in the past twenty years, feelings toward gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have moved in a significantly positive direction. Nevertheless, when compared to other social groups homosexuals are still among the most stigmatized groups in the nation. Hate crimes are prevalent. Gay men and lesbians are still banned from serving openly in the US military service. Child custody decisions still frequently view gay and lesbian people as unfit parents. Gay and lesbian adolescents are often taunted and humiliated in their school settings. Many professional persons and employees in all occupations are still fearful of identifying as gay or lesbians in their work settings. Gay relationships are not widely recognized in any legal way.

Let us respect homosexuals, because they are human too (Unless they really do something bad like rape children, then I guess we can punish them, but only the offender not all homosexuals in general, Damn it! I’m rambling again). Let’s rise above hate.

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