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Wednesday Noon Talk on Sexuality, Biology, and Prejudice

At noon tomorrow (Wednesday, September 13) our friends in the Women’s Studies Program and the Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Sexuality present Dr. Peter Hegarty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. Peter’s talk is titled “Not Essential: Do We Need Sexuality to be Biological for Prejudice to End?” The talk will take place in UU-324.

Here’s the abstract:

In the past twenty years, sexual prejudice appears to be reducing in the United States, and more Americans report that they believe that sexual orientation is inborn. Over the same time period, social psychologists have repeatedly found that heterosexual people who are less prejudiced against sexual minorities are also more likely to think that sexual orientation is innate. However, correlation is not always evidence of causation. In this talk I draw together diverse evidence from experiments, surveys, educational interventions, legal cases and recent medical history to argue that relationships between attitudes toward sexual minorities and beliefs about the origins of sexual orientation are mutually influencing each other in culturally situated ways. In other words it is not essential for sexuality to be biological for sexual prejudice to end.

Click here for a PDF poster.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Events/News by EvoS.


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