Gender, Gender And Mating ( Levay 2011 )

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“Little boxes... little boxes... little boxes made of ticky-tacky.” There happens to be a blue one, a green one and a yellow one on the hillside, and they all look just the same. One can imagine that the good ol’ traditional family living in one of these boxes, in Malvina Reynold’s anthem of dismay for suburbia, consists of a cisgender husband and wife, 2.01 children, and a bestial companion (perhaps a cat, a dog, a mistress, a cabana boy, you name it). If natural selection is in this family’s favor, the 2.01 children would be able to find mates of their own and successfully produce children who can continue the familial lineage. However dominant the heterosexual may be in various cultural ethos, historical cultural contexts enforce varying attitudes towards the spectrum of human sexuality, gender and mating (LeVay 2011: 19-24). Homosexuality exists in all cultures, setting it as a fundamental fact of human biological diversity that goes beyond social contexts. Evolutionary biopsychological accounts of sexuality provide the most plausible paradigms for understanding sexual orientation and gender diversity, for it is an adaptation that aids natural selection and survival of the human species. There was a time when sexual non-conformity was deemed as a sort of deviancy in the world of Western social science. Whereas males are supposed to behave as men, and females as women, heterosexuality is orthodoxy. There had been many theories concerning the cause of sexual orientation.…

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