Gay Personality And Sexual Labeling

Critical Clinical Issues

By John Dececco, Phd

© 1984 – Routledge

118 pages

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Paperback: 9780918393012
pub: 1985-06-30
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About the Book

Are scientists--who by definition are supposed to be objective and clinical in their theories--actually assuming common cultural prejudices and moral standards when it comes to their research on homosexuality? Some of the best minds in sexual liberation take a hard look at how homosexuality is still defined and viewed by established schools of thought and propose fascinating and often controversial ideas on the true nature of the gay personality and identity. This challenging book explores how gay people can “label” themselves or avoid the gay label entirely while still being homosexual, as well as how others label gay people.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Towards a Theory of Homosexuality: Socio-Historical Perspectives
  • Classifying Sexual Disorders: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association
  • The Ethical and Moral Implications of Sexual Classification: A Commentary
  • Therapeutic Implications of Viewing Sexual Identity in Terms of Essentialist and Constructionist Theories
  • Conceptualizations of Homosexual Behavior Which Preclude Homosexual Self-Labeling
  • Biological Research on Homosexuality: Ansell’s Cow or Occam’s Razor?

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED000000
MEDICAL / General
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC025000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies