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Gay, straight, and the reason why : the science of sexual orientation / Simon LeVay.

Author/creator LeVay, Simon author.
Format Book and Print
EditionSecond edition.
Publication Info New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Descriptionxiv, 246 pages : illustations ; 24 cm
Contents What is sexual orientation? -- Why we need biology -- The outline of a theory -- Childhood -- Characteristics of gay and straight adults -- The role of sex hormones -- The role of genes -- The brain -- The body -- The older-brother effect -- Beyond gay and straight -- Conclusions.
Abstract What causes a child to grow up gay or straight? In this book, neuroscientist Simon LeVay summarizes a wealth of scientific evidence that points to one inescapable conclusion: Sexual orientation results primarily from an interaction between genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain. In this revised edition LeVay broadens his horizons. He adds a new chapter on bisexuality, reviews some uncommon forms of sexuality such as asexuality and pedophilia, and considers whether there could be a biological basis for subtypes of gay people such as "butch" and "femme" lesbians.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and indexes.
Issued in other formElectronic version: LeVay, Simon. Gay, straight, and the reason why. Second revised edition. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2017] 9780190297381
LCCN 2016006377
ISBN9780190297374 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN0190297379 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard identifier# 40026297586

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