Essay: Human Behavior, Homosexuality: Nurture or Nature
Homosexuality is a sexual attraction or romantic expression between members of the same sex (Gurian 5). Human behavior may be because of nature, which is the genetic factor in a certain person. It can also be because of the kind of upbringing that a person has been through, nurture. A debate has been growing about the reasons why some people become homosexuals. Researchers have been doing numerous studies in order to ascertain the root cause of this sexual orientation. Those supporting the idea of nurture argue that, a human child raised with monkeys will show monkey characteristics in future (Gurian 176). On the other hand, genetic origin shows that identical twins, from the same ovum will most likely exhibit the same characteristics (Johnson 44). The type of environment that a person grows in influences a lot in what that person will become in future.
A one-parent family has influence in the sexual orientations of its children (Gurian 124). This is because as Johnson notes “it emerges from most people in early adolescence with no prior sexual experience” (49). Such kids are not in a position to learn how people of different sexes associate and love one another. It is imperative to acknowledge that such families have higher probabilities of being violent. Violent families deprive the much-needed love for growing children (Scanzoni and Mollenkott 102). This can lead these kids to such for love elsewhere when they are still very young. Young people can make choices that are not wise because they do not know their social responsibilities. Children from such families are therefore more likely to become homosexuals than those coming from non-violent families. Gurian notes, “With a homosexual child, you may need to take special care to nurture and protect this boy or girl from fear” (145). Children may not know what is good for them and they need guidance. This clearly shows that children need love in order to be able to make wise choices in their lives.