I see a lot people standing up for LGBT rights by saying that they were born that way and can’t help it. Do not misinterpret me, I promise this will not be a bigoted rant. I just want to express myself on how, based on what I’ve learned in the few gender studies classes I have taken, this explanation doesn’t sit right with me. It seems to be implying that your sexuality or sexual orientation has to be biologically ingrained in order to be respected. Thus, the search for the ‘gay gene’. The general public is basically taught that if something isn’t biologically determined, it must be a conscious choice. That’s just bullshit. That’s like saying you consciously chose your religion; it doesn’t tend to work that way. The society/culture we’re born into, the experiences we have, the location, the history of that location, all of these things can influence us in the same unconscious way we imagine our biology does.
Why am I quibbling about this, you ask? I really fucking hate biological determinism. And I think it would be awesome if more people were exposed to social constructionist theory because it frees you from believing that this current, constricted 'normal’ is inevitable or inherent. And because homophobia, as well as racism, sexism, and general bigotry, are not going to be solved with the biological sciences. So stop wasting resources researching a so called 'deviant’ sexual gene, stop wasting resources researching whether a woman having a smaller brain is scientific proof that she’s more stupid, stop the general fuckery.
The biological tends to be associated with the unchangeable, while the social is associated with the ability to change or choice. Neither of these are true.
x Respect for the social sciences.