Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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"What is the goal of sexual science research? What should it be? Will biological, psychological and other research into the origins of sexuality be used as an instrument to further marginalize or even eliminate gay people? Or will it encourage greater tolerance? What will these studies mean for the future of gay rights and culture? Drawing on a wide range of studies in neuroanatomy, genetics and psychology, philosopher of medicine Timothy F Murphy systematically reviews the purpose and goals of gay science. Gay Science exaplins that science, for better or worse, represents a vital channel through which a more complete understanding of homosexuality can be established.""
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"As many commentators about sex research are fond of pointing out, in the fourth century BCE, the philosopher Plato offered a fanciful account that attributed the origins of erotic desire to divine punishment. Zeur punished the first human beings for impious and willful misbeahvior by splitting them in half. Erotic love, the desire to reunite lost halves, is the legacy of that punishment. Plato's mythology described notonly the erotic entanglements of men and women but of men and men as well as women and women. Since then, the debate about the origins and meaning of eroticism, and especially same-sex eroticism, has only grown more contentious. Some twenty-five hundred years and a great deal of failed research later, questions about the origins of erotic interests still enjoy considerable prominence, though lately it has not been philosophers but scientists who have taken up the inquiry, and they study not eros but sexual orientation. Genetic loading, fetal hormone exposure and cerebral lateralization have supplanted gods, divine wrath and mortal longings as the categories used to investigate and explain erotic desire."
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