Aristophanes: The Social Arguments For Homosexuality

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The social argument for homosexuality dates back to the ancient Greeks. Aristophanes, investigates homosexuality, as a desire by men to share a long-term fulfilment of the soul (Heffner, 2003). (Heffner, 2003) continued to state that Aristophanes believed that two souls are longing to be together, and the sexual desire alone is not strong enough to create homosexuality, but that the cultural environment allows or forbids the relationship to occur. According to (Heffner, 2003) the current debate is whether or not homosexuality is a result of nature, a person’s environment and surroundings, or of his biology and genetics, the debate tolerates both sides because both sides have the ability to create a scientific environment to support their cause. For example, biological theorists may argue that a monkey and human child, reared in the same setting, will develop with vastly different outcomes, while social theorists may argue that monozygotic twins, one reared normally and the other raised in seclusion for 18 years, will also develop with vastly different results (Heffner, 2003). (Heffner, 2003) continue to state that in debating sexual orientation, much is unknown while the APA currently states that sexual orientation is not a choice, rather it emerges from most people in early adolescence with no prior sexual experience, social theorists argue that an individual’s upbringing can directly influence homosexuality Also tied in with many of these debates is the morality of

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