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The Resource Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation, Simon LeVay

Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation, Simon LeVay

Label
Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation
Title
Gay, straight, and the reason why
Title remainder
the science of sexual orientation
Statement of responsibility
Simon LeVay
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What causes a child to grow up gay or straight? In this book, the author, a neuroscientist summarizes a wealth of scientific evidence that points to one inescapable conclusion: Sexual orientation results primarily from an interaction between genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain. He helped create this field in 1991 with a much-publicized study in Science magazine, where he reported on a difference in the brain structure between gay and straight men. Since then, an entire scientific discipline has sprung up around the quest for a biological explanation of sexual orientation. In this book, he provides a clear explanation of where the science stands today, taking the reader on a whirlwind tour of laboratories that specialize in genetics, endocrinology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, and family demographics. He describes, for instance, how researchers have manipulated the sex hormone levels of animals during development, causing them to mate preferentially with animals of their own gender. He also reports on the prevalence of homosexual behavior among wild animals, ranging from Graylag geese to the Bonobo chimpanzee. Although many details remain unresolved, the general conclusion is quite clear: A person's sexual orientation arises in large part from biological processes that are already underway before birth. He also makes it clear that these lines of research have a lot of potential because, far from seeking to discover "what went wrong" in the lives of gay people, attempting to develop "cures" for homosexuality, or returning to traditional explanations that center on parent-child relationships, various forms of "training," or early sexual experiences, our modern scientists are increasingly seeing sexual variety as something to be valued, celebrated, and welcomed into society
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
LeVay, Simon
Dewey number
155.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF692
LC item number
.L476 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
2013 I-506
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex (Psychology)
  • Sex (Biology)
  • Sexuality
  • Sexuality
  • Sex (Biology)
  • Sex (Psychology)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexuelle Orientierung
  • Homosexualität
  • Psychobiologie
  • Entwicklung
Label
Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation, Simon LeVay
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-392) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is sexual orientation? -- Why we need biology -- The outline of a theory -- Childhood -- Characteristics of gay and straight adults -- The role of sex hormones -- The role of genes -- The brain -- The body -- The older-brother effect
Control code
ocn476361323
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 412 p.
Isbn
9780199737673
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009049210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199737673
  • (OCoLC)476361323
Label
Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation, Simon LeVay
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-392) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is sexual orientation? -- Why we need biology -- The outline of a theory -- Childhood -- Characteristics of gay and straight adults -- The role of sex hormones -- The role of genes -- The brain -- The body -- The older-brother effect
Control code
ocn476361323
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 412 p.
Isbn
9780199737673
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009049210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199737673
  • (OCoLC)476361323

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