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An 8 page discussion of our biological and societal definitions of sexuality. With very few exceptions, exceptions which will be noted below, definitive biological criteria determine our sex. Those criteria are whether we have testes or ovaries. While biology determines our sex, however, our sexuality and our concept of gender can be both biologically and societally influenced. Unfortunately, our schools have played a negative role in this process. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Those criteria are whether we have testes or ovaries. While biology determines our sex, however, our sexuality and our concept of gender can be both biologically and societally influenced.
Personality and behavior at one time was considered to be determined mostly by environment (nurture). Now with the advances in genetic research it has been shown that our
genes (nature) play a big part in determining who we are and how we behave. Genetic correlations have been found for personality types and even for sexual preferences.
Society also plays an important role in determining our sexuality, however. Schools, teachers and pedagogy in general are an important part of that determination. They perpetuate dominant discourses
in a number of different ways. This pedagogy sometimes have a negative effect on sexuality in that it marginalises both gendered and sexual identities. It is only through education
that we can overcome these negative impacts. Many researchers contend that it is a combination of genes and environment, i.e. nature and nurture, that determine
behaviors such as sexuality. Given the potential retributions of an emphasis of the importance of genes over environment, it is no wonder that many are reluctant to place full
responsibility for behavior and personality on genetics. Peele (1995) notes: "If who we are is determined from conception,
then our efforts to change or to influence our children may be futile. There may also be no basis for insisting that people behave themselves and conform to laws. Thus,
the revolution in thinking about genes has monumental consequences for how we view ourselves as human beings".