What’s Current: Could ‘born this way’ ideology make people more homophobic, not less?

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Researchers say that “born this way” ideology could make people more homophobic, not less. A study from the Pew Research Center finds that the idea that people are “born gay” could be harmful because it promotes the belief that gay people are genetically different. A Women’s Studies professor agrees, stating: “Historically, biological arguments for identity are largely used in the service of quite heinous political movements like slavery, the Holocaust, and the history of racism.” (And let’s not forget the history of sexism, which is attached to the “female brain” myth and the idea that female subordination — aka gender — is biologically or psychologically innate.)

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Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.