sevol005: November 2011 Archives

What determines if a person is gay or straight? Is it his upbringing? Could it be his group of friends that he hangs out with? Or could it be something that occurs much earlier than one's childhood? Recent findings have indicated that sexual orientation is determined mostly by genetics. According to the authors of our Psych 1001 text book, "it's plausible that biological differences are sometimes present even before birth" (Lilienfeld, pg. 441). The textbook also states that Michael Bailey and Richard conducted a study and found that there was a 52 percent likelihood that a set of identical twins shared the characteristic of homosexuality, compared to only 22 percent between fraternal twins. The higher percentage between identical twins demonstrates that genetics are a higher indication of sexual orientation because identical twins share 100 percent genetics.
CBS covered a story of two sets of twins and the differences between these twins. The first set of 9 year old twins is Adam and Jared. Adam and Jared are completely different in their interests. The movie below describes how Adam's room is pastel colors, with stuffed animals and white horses covering the majority of the room. Adam's behavior is known as childhood gender nonconformity, meaning that his behavior is similar to that of the opposite sex. Juxtaposed to Adam, Jared's room is filled with a G.I. Joe collection and several military toys. Untitled.png

The other set of identical twins is Steve and Greg. Greg is gay while his brother Steve is straight. The mother mentions how there were early indications in the difference between the two sons. Even during high school, Steve admits that he knew that Greg was gay.

Michael Bailey, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, believes that nurture is not a plausible explanation for sexual orientation. These two sets of twins show how even though they are raised in the same environment, their sexual orientation and behavior differs.

People who knew John Wayne Gacy would describe him as a loving, hardworking, and giving man. In his spare time, he posed as a clown for sick children, and helped out in the community. Even after convicted of 33 murders in addition to several accounts of rape and torture, those who knew John Wayne Gacy stood by him. But how do you stand by a man convicted of all of these crimes?

Gacy was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, he was beat and taunted by his alcoholic father. Many reports believe that his father's role in his life led to Gacy's violent behavior. Because his father robbed him of his childhood, it could be said that Gacy's obsession with clowns later in life was his way of redoing his childhood. When Gacy was on death row, it was reported that he would only draw clowns in his jail cell.

The first report against Gacy appeared in 1968 when he was arrested for raping an employee, and paid that employee to keep silent about the incident. Unfortunately, this incident was the first of many to appear. In just three years, John Wayne Gacy killed over 30 adolescent boys from the ages of 9 to 27 years old. Although few were let go after being tortured and sexually assaulted, most were buried in the crawl space of Gacy's small Chicago home. According to an article of Clark Prosecutor, Gacy told detectives "'There are four Johns.' He later explained that there was John the contractor, John the clown, and John the politician. The fourth person went by the name of Jack Hanley. Jack was the killer and did all the evil things."

Even though at the time of the arrest Gacy admitted to the murders and drew up a plan of where the bodies were buried in the crawl space of his house, Gacy refused to admit to the murders 13 years after being sentenced. In an interview with Walter Jacobson, Gacy changes his story and believes he did not commit any crimes.

John Wayne Gacy was put to death by lethal injection in 1994. Before his injection, he was allowed a private picnic with loved ones who still stood by him and believed he was innocent.

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