Is Homosexuality a Choice? Essay

2318 Words Nov 19th, 2013 10 Pages
Do you have any recollection or memory of your own self before you were born? Do you remember shifting through a menu similar to that of McDonald’s and selecting the color of your hair? What about the color of your skin, or maybe your height? Of course you don’t. However, if you were given the opportunity to completely change the person you’ve worked hard to mold into what you currently call you, would you take it? Again, you most likely wouldn’t. Your physical body, your thoughts, imagination, personality--all make up the whole you. You didn’t choose to be you, you just are. Sadly, throughout the course of history, we, as a collective society, have scrutinized those who were considered “different” simply because we were scared. No matter …show more content…
Once the masses began to understand why and how these traits exist, however, tables started to turn and acceptance, equality, and tolerance were eventually achieved (Women’s rights and the Civil Rights Movement, to name a couple). We can see this happening today with one of the most controversial traits in society: homosexuality.
When it comes to the issue of homosexuality, there are two main arguments: the first being that it is a willful, unnatural, choice that should be treated as a curable mental disorder. On the other hand, we have those who say it is definitely not a choice, and that homosexuals were “born that way.” Following through with the points stressed earlier, it is seems as though the latter argument would have the upper hand. That is not the case, unfortunately. Why, you ask? The answer is simple: the masses are simply not adequately educated on the issue. a
Before we dive into the vast amounts of scientific research available on the subject, we must first fully understand what homosexuality is. According the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, homosexuality is defined as “sexual interest in and attraction to members of one’s own sex. [1]” In turn, it is also important to fully understand what sexual orientation is, which Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines as “an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes.[1]” Alfred Kinsey of the University of…