Discussion in 'Sex, Sexuality and Relationships' started by DarkMist, Dec 4, 2017.
Is sexual orientation determined at birth?
Bluntly because, and thankfully not so much now, why would anyone take the risk and choose to be different. Historically, and only up to 50 years ago here in the UK, those that were born different suffered terribly for that difference. Who would choose that?
Thankfully, we are by and large past where people had to suffer for who they are.
Like most things I suspect its not as straight forward as Yes No.
While I think its a yes for the majority and its definitely nature, I think it likely that nurture could also come in to play for a percentage of people.
Either way it matters little, as long as everyone can get on and enjoy their being free of persecution because of their sexuality whether its by birth or choice.
Broadly yes but while sex is more or less binary sexuality is a continuum so lots of people occupy the grey area.
Sexual orientation, as with intelligence, personality, etc, is a mental (as opposed to physical) trait and as such can be influenced by surroundings, schooling, parents, etc. Therefore, while there may be an underlying propensity to be gay, clever, kind the degree of that will change as you progress through life.
If you're in the grey area then yes, presenting orientation can be influenced or even imposed. If you're 'hard wired' gay (or straight) then effect of such influence is likely to be nil.
Gender and sexuality are both performative.
Some are born gay.
Some attain to gayness via preference.
But none have gayness thrust upon them.
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