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The biology of homosexuality

Author: J Balthazart
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
Series: Oxford series in behavioral neuroendocrinology
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this fascinating book, Jacques Balthazart presents a simple description of the biological mechanisms that are involved in the determination of sexual orientation in animals and also presumably in humans. Using scientific studies published over the last few decades, he argues that sexual orientation, both homosexual and heterosexual, is under the control of embryonic endocrine and genetic phenomena in which there

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Balthazart
ISBN: 9780199838820 0199838828
OCLC Number: 1012892585
Description: xii, 188 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: why this book? --
1. Sexuality 101: the basics --
2. Sexuality and sexual orientation: learning or biology? --
3. The hormonal control of sexual behavior --
4. Biological determinism of sexual orientation in animals --
5. Gender differences in humans --
6. The effects of sex steroids in humans: organizing effects --
7. The effects of sex steroids in humans: activating effects --
8. Sex differences suggest that homosexuality is an endocrine phenomenon --
9. Sexual orientation in clinical cases --
10. A genetic or immunological mechanism underlying homosexuality --
11. General conclusions
Series Title: Oxford series in behavioral neuroendocrinology
Responsibility: Jacques Balthazart


In this fascinating work, Jacques Balthazart examines what research on animals can tell us about the biological factors that control human sexual behavior and orientation.  Read more...


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"In The Biology of Homosexuality Jacques Balthazart makes a detached scientific argument that biology can explain why some people are gay and others are not. Among books that make this argument, Read more...

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