Wednesday, December 15, 2010

VIDEO and SLIDES: Myth & Science of Sexuality - Disordered or Just Different?

This video and the slideshow “Myth and Science of Sexuality - Disordered or Just Different?” of my presentation to the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago on October 10, 2010,  explain the development of diverse sexualities (as natural variations of the organization-activation mechanism), and show that LGBTI peoples suffer persecution due to a socio-cultural disorder resulting from the erroneous "gender binary" concept.
Now you can listen to the talk as you look at the slides. The video is in four parts.  The PowerPoint slideshow that I used for this presentation is also posted below.  Click on the PowerPoint slides to see them clearly (the slides are fuzzy in the video) as you listen to the talk.  This presentation was abbreviated more than any previous version of my presentations to fit the venue's limited timeframe.

Part 1 of 4:  The science of core sexuality in mammals is summarized.  Development of internal and external genitalia.  How many sexes are there?  Did Eve come from Adam or did Adam come from Eve?  What is a female?  Male?  Who are John Money and Milton Diamond?

Part 2 of 4:  Who was David Reimer and what does his story tell us about whether sexual identity is innate or learned?  What is intersexuality?  Androgen insensitivity syndrome?  Congenital adrenal hyperplasia?  What can we learn about sexual identity from intersex people?  What has the medical profession been doing to babies with ambiguous genitalia as a result of John Money’s theory?

Part 3 of 4:  The sexual brain.  Is sexual orientation innate or learned? Sexual identity?  Are transsexual people crazy?

Part 4 of 4:
How to explain homosexuality in Darwinian terms? Sex versus gender?  Can males be women?  Can females be men?  Medical quackery and complicity in socio-cultural persecution of LGBTI peoples!

Below is the new abbreviated version of the PowerPoint slideshow used in the above talk to the Ethical Humanists.


Zoe Brain said...

Mirrored - along with references to some of the many papers on the subject.

Brava, Ronnie.

We need something like this as a canned lecture to inform medical and psych students.

Veronica Drantz, PhD said...

Below is an email I received from Milton Diamond.

Thanks for the recognition.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 7:00 PM
From: "Milton Diamond"

Hi Ronny,

Happy New Year 2011; may it be a Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Productive one for you.

A friend of mine sent me a copy of your YouTube presentations in which you mention my work. I would like to thank you for your warm words about it and for considering some of it worth the effort you spend in presentation.

Earlier today I tried to phone you to say Thanks in person but couldn't find your phone number. I didn't see it on either of your two websites. So, this will have to suffice.

You are more than welcome to any of my material. Most is down-loadable from my own website

If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to ask.

Keep up the good work.


Milton Diamond, Ph.D. Professor
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Pacific Center for Sex and Society
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
Phone: 808-956-7400
Fax: 808-956-9722

Nature loves variety. Unfortunately, society hates it.

Veronica Drantz, PhD said...

Below is the email reply I sent Milton Diamond.

Re: Thanks for the recognition.
Friday, January 7, 2011 2:55 PM
From: "Veronica Drantz"
To: "Milton Diamond"

Dear Mickey,

How could anyone talk about the scientific research on sexuality without talking about you? No one has contributed more to our understanding of sexual diversity! It is I who should thank you for being such an outstanding researcher and for striving over so many years to promote understanding of those who don’t fit the gender binary. Thank you for being such a mensch!

While a phone call from you would have been a great surprise, your email to me is a wonderful keepsake. I wish you a Happy New Year, Mickey, and thanks again for your life’s work.



P.S. If you ever come to the Chicago area, I hope you will contact me. It would be an honor to have you as a guest and to show you around this great city. (My contact information was inserted here in the original email.)

Veronica Drantz, PhD said...

And finally, Dr. Diamond's reply:

Re: Thanks for the recognition.
Saturday, January 8, 2011 2:40 PM
From: "Milton Diamond"
To: "Veronica Drantz"

Hi Ronny,

Your kind words are appreciated. Fortunately I'm doing what I enjoy; research keeps my brain occupied and forestalls Alzheimer's :-) .

I haven't been to Chicago in quite some time. It would be great to get together should I find myself there for some reason. Thanks for the invitation.

Keep up spreading the word. And best wishes for a Great 2011.



Homer said...