True Nature: A Theory of Sexual Attraction by Michael R. Kauth

By Michael R. Kauth

I have lengthy been awe-struck by way of authors' claims that their books have been within the making for five, or 10, or perhaps 15 years. I now have a greater appreciation ofthe paintings eager about bringing a ebook to press. The seeds of this undertaking have had a protracted germination. The impetus for this booklet all started greater than 10 years in the past while i used to be a graduate pupil in medical psychology. Having an curiosity in human sexuality-and in theories at the different types of sexual allure specifically-I used to be at a loss for words via a variety of views in this topic. Disciplines of suggestion that I encountered­ medication, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, gay/lesbian idea, social constructionism, anthropology, Marxism, Christianity, and others-perceived the problem so another way, so strongly, with nearly no overlap. i used to be involved that the query ofhow and why one is interested in both one or either sexes may well elicit such conviction and divergent issues of view. There no effortless strategy to get to the bottom of those alterations. nonetheless, what pissed off me so much in my readings have been a number of conceptual difficulties one of the popular proponents of up to date sexuality concept­ scientists and social constructionists. One ofmy first frustrations with biomedical and social scientists who write approximately sexuality used to be that they typically outline sexual allure in strict behavioral phrases, as accomplished observable sexual acts--observable within the experience that such acts or their outcomes are noticeable by way of others.

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Gay" people misrepresent themselves as "heterosexuals" in order to avoid discrimination, ridicule, or violence; revisionists, on the other hand, rewrite the sexual lives of others because there are offended by samesex eroticism, want not to offend others, or wish to set a good example for society. Too seldom, scientists have failed to consider the implications of naming or not naming erotic experience. The interpretation and presentation of sexuality has political consequences for informants, observers, and historians and should be undertaken with great caution.

Whereas, "homosexual" refers to a kind of sexual behavior, "gay" implies more pervasive characteristics or a lifestyle. Because words and ideas have a historical and cultural context, applying terms outside of their context wrongly creates the impression that there is a direct linkage to the past and that a contemporary sense of the idea existed in the past, when in fact it did not. In his book Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality, historian John Boswell (1980) incorrectly used the phrase "gay people" when referring to people in ancient Rome and in the Middle Ages who had same-sex erotic interests.

His violent wishes to harm his rivals for mother's affection are transformed through the process of reaction formation and the rivals become love objects. Thus, the violent wish to harm becomes a heavy-handed desire to help. Freud speculated that overly altruistic behavior by men who love men masks violent fantasies. Unlike the other forms of male same-sex erotic attraction previously discussed, this one occurs earlier in development and without fear of female genitalia. This theory is particularly interesting because sociobiologists have speculated that "gay" men (and perhaps "lesbians") are selected by parents not to reproduce in order to lessen competition for resources among kin and enhance the chances of survival for siblings' 38 TRUE NATURE offspring (Wilson, 1975).

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