One of the enduring controversies of the 21st century is the issue of homosexuality. Many people fervently believe homosexuality to be wrong and a sin. Others believe, just as strongly, that it is natural and a behavior determined by a genetic predisposition. Scientists, psychologists, and biology experts continue to search for that irrefutable evidence that supports their theory while priests and religious experts use the Bible and Christian doctrine to support their belief. Ordinary people without all the degrees and religious doctrine are left to formulate their own beliefs. Why do people believe a certain way on this issue? Why do some believe that homosexuality is a behavior adopted by “bad” people, a choice made by immoral people while still others believe just as strongly that homosexuality is determined by a genetic predisposition and cannot or should not be “controlled”. In my essay, I will explore factors that shape beliefs on ethical or social issues most specifically an examination of family and religious agents of socialization that influence the formulation of opinions on homosexuality.
I chose this topic becasue the debate over homosexuality is very relevant, and I was curious to research on why so many individuals perceive homosexuality as a sin and choice, in evertytihng we do, such as watching certain movies that are considered gay/lesbian, or someone being offended when certain gay refrences are brought up in reality television shows etc. I was originally going to do my term paper on how reality televison influences certain behaviors in people to make them become more stereotypical or racist, but I really didin’t have enough information/sources to continue my research. So I was very intigued to find many sholarly sources on the debate over homosexuality in modern society and popular culture.
In preparation for this paper, I asked some of my friends in the Student Identity Outreach organization to talk to me about their sexual identity. Many of them were very open and sincere about there sexuality. Every student recounted the same story of feeling different and not understanding why. They told personal stories of how as young as five and six years of age they had feelings and attractions to the same sex. It was not a learned behavior but something they “knew” from as early as they can remember. They did not choose to be gay. They also stated that the many negative stereotypes and perceptions were from many individuals who choose not to understand, but are rather influenced by what they hear and see in popular culture. Promoting the perspective that it is a choice often perpetuates judgmental attitudes towards homosexuals. I wanted to switch topics too mainly becasue this debate is very relevant in pop culture discussions today. I also want to get the point across that
We all must accept the fact that homosexuals are a part of us and we must ultimately include them in everyday society. If we do not, a vicious cycle of hate and discrimination continues to repeat. I really believe that by broadening our definition of human rights to include all people will allow us to progress as a nation.