Queer Science: The Use and Abuse of Research into Homosexuality is a 1996 book by the neuroscientist Simon LeVay, in which the author discusses theories about sexual orientation and the social and political implications of scientific research on the topic. He critically evaluates the views of authors such as the physician Magnus Hirschfeld and Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.
The book received positive reviews, crediting LeVay with providing a fair and well written assessment of scientific theories about the development of homosexuality and showing how scientific research influences public perceptions of gay people. However, critics argued that LeVay was biased in favor of biological explanations of homosexuality, questioned his view that they would benefit gay people and his suggestion that homosexuality is associated with "sex a-typical characteristics" and that gay men have some traits more typical of females than of males, and faulted him for ignoring scientific literature relevant to the "nature versus nurture" controversy.
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date of publication: 1996
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