[identity profile] bellahdance.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] mens_studies

I want to write my term paper on homosexuality and how it can be found manifest in physical traits - possibly suggesting that it's not a choice, but rather something that can be found in the genes[?].

I really, really like the topic this article.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find good info on the topic?

Or perhaps how to phrase my topic-choice concisely?

Thank you!

Date: 2008-03-18 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenagogan.livejournal.com
I highly recommend that you /don't/ do your paper on how homosexuality is manifested in physical traits.

This has historical precedent in Victorian era England and the U.S. for both criminals, the insane and sodomists, where scientists tried to correlate things like nose shape or forehead slope with the likelihood that a person would be likely to commit a crime, go nuts or have sex with someone of the same sex. In the trials of Oscar Wilde, this is brought up and a lot of the conversation around Wilde was about how he /obviously/ was a homosexual because of his sloping forehead and his big lips...

do you see the slippery slope you're treading on? Your prof. probably will tell you that what you're researching is a load of crap, but you'll also be making comments that are very out-of-style, academically and culturally. And do you think you can really say, "This guy's hair swirls a different way, he is obviously gay!" Not only are you outing people based on their hair growth direction, but you are also really studying something that is unimportant. Who cares if they're gay or not? What does the research prove or disprove?

If you're still interested in the subject, I think a historical look at physical profiling of homosexuals in the Victorian era is really interesting. There are also a lot of really incredibly bizarre line-up photographs taken in insane asylums (where they mistreated their residents) and prisons.



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