Sexual Orientation: Annotated Bibliography

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Sexual orientation is defined by our textbook as the “classification of individuals as heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual based on emotional, cognitive, and sexual attractions as well as their self-identity and lifestyle” (McCammon, 2007). I chose sexual orientation because it has become a hot topic of discussion in today’s society, and I feel for as much discussion as there is about it, not much information is known. I chose to look at the website Sciencemag.org because the title intrigued me about how there has been a linkage found between markers on the X chromosome and male sexual orientation, and the website is a reliable source of information. I chose the article “Factors that Contribute to the Development of a Lesbian Sexual Orientation: A Literature Review” because it too looks at the various causes of homosexuality, but focuses on lesbianism, which is opposite of what the website focused in on. Between the textbook, website, and article, I feel as though I covered all bases surrounding sexual orientation, from general overviews of theories to more specific biological sex-related orientation. The textbook covered a wide range of information about this topic, but the various theories caught my attention because one of the controversial pieces of homosexuality is its…show more content…
However, the textbook gave a broader overview and explained three biological theories and three environmental theories, while the website focused in on male orientation and the article on lesbianism. With this newfound information I hope to be able to further educate those around me. I hope to help eliminate various misconceptions and prejudice towards those who identify as homosexual or bisexual. In my career as a future nurse, I believe having this knowledge will help me be more compassionate and understanding towards

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