English 12: Sexuality & Society in Literature
Quarter 2 BM-Research Design
Plan of Action How-To
Thesis: The environment that one grows up in has an affect on
one’s sexual orientation.
What thesis-related questions to
• What is sexual
• How is sexual
• Can one change their
sexual orientation? Why/why not?
• Is homosexuality a
mental disorder ?
• Is homosexuality
passed down through genetics
• What causes
What data might be relevant to collect?
(link to sources in your AB in this section, if applicable)
linking child abuse and sexuality
linking sexuality of parents and children
linking homosexuality sexuality of identical twins
• Research done on brain
function of homosexuals
• Research done on genetic
of homosexuals compared to heterosexual
• Research done on the
causes of sexual orientation
How would I analyze the results?
I believe the environment and lifestyle one lives has a impact
on their sexual orientation. If the from the data about brain functions show
that homosexuals and a health heterosexual are similar, it will rule of the
possibility of homosexuality being considered mental illness. If the research
on genetics and the statistic/survey linking sexuality of parents and children show
it now genetic, I can rule out the argument of it being a disorder passed down
for parent to child. If the statistic/survey of homosexuality sexuality and
identical twins don’t seem to show any trends it cans also rule out the
genetics argument because identical twins has very similar biological make ups.
Boeree, George. "General Psychology Sexual
Orientation." Sexual Orientation. N/A, N/A. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
article is about biology and genetic and how a people behaviors are based off
of them. It states that men with less testosterone
tend to look and act somewhat more like women, and women with more testosterone
than other women tend to look and act somewhat more like men. It also go on to say
there is no direct link from testosterone to homosexuality. The helps support
my topic because even though the genetic the genetic structure of a person my
have some effect on a person’s sexual behavior it isn’t the cause of
Goldstein, Dora. "Biological basis of sexual
orientation." stanford.edu. Stanford University, 03/10/95. Web. 1 Nov
This article’s information is mainly on puberty. Is stated a
week before and after birth, testosterone has an irreversible organizing effect
on the body and brain of males. If the hormone is absent during this period,
the individuals’ anatomy and behavior never can become wholly male. Also, that
during puberty males gets a surge of testosterone, which activates their male
sexual development and behavior. This gives some hints that testosterone levels
affect sexual behavior. This source and be use to support both nature and
Hidalgo, Hilda. "Sexual Orientation." healthy minds. american
psychological association, N/A. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
This document give some basic information of what sexual
orientation is. It also lists some cause that is believed to effect ones
sexuality. It states homosexuality was believed to be the result of troubled
experiences or environment, and it is not a form of mental illness .The information I
receive for this document I can use to introduce my topic and give general
information on sexual orientation and how ones environment is believe to effect
Johnson, Ryan. "Homosexuality: Nature or Nurture."
AllPsych Online. N/A, 4/30/03. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
There are statics identical twins in this document. I can use
this because identical twins have very similar biological structures. If the
both of them are the same sexual orientation there is a chance that the
biological build has a part to play in their sexual orientation. If the studies
show that identical twins have the same sexual orientation this could prove my
Jones, Michael. "Nature vs. Nurture Debates Over
Sexuality." Change.org. N/A, 10/05/08. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
article suggests that both the nature and the nurture have valid evidence on
what can affect a child’s sexual orientation. It says
proven Research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early
in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. Its also that suggest that
nurture could be a cause homosexuality. Some causes are estranged relationships
between gay children and their parents, allowing male children to play with
dolls, not forming healthy same-sex bonds with peers as a toddler, and sexual
abuse at a young age.
Swidey, Niel. "What Makes People Gay?." Boston.com.
Boston Global, 08/14/05. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
In this document there is information on childhood gender
nonconformity. It is a child not being comfortable in his or her own body. In
this one of a pair of twins is showing signs of childhood gender nonconformity.
In this situation the mother is open minded and what’s her children to have
freedom of expression and allow the behavior.
Van Buskirk, James E. "Nature And Causes Of Homosexuality
(Book)." Library Journal 106.21 (1981): 2321. Library, Information Science
& Technology Abstracts. Web. 1 Nov. 2011.
These articles talk about one environment and sexuality. It says
that a family of homosexuals it is more likely for a child to come out
homosexual. It also states that some events and/or relationship with parents
can influence a child's sexuality. This directly contributes to my idea that
one environment influence ones sexuality.
"sexual orientation and homosexuality."
psychology.org. Australian psychological society, N/A. Web. 1 Nov 2011.
This article rules out a popular belief that homosexuality is a
choice. It states that ones sexual orientation is determined at a young age
before there is any kind of sexual act. It shows how some were not comfortable
with their homosexuality and tried to change it. In the end their homosexuality
didn’t go away. I can use this to kill the argument that sexual orientation is
choice when in the end leaves the arguments that it is either nurture or