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The Straight Line – How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality

Tom Waidzunas


The Straight Line argues that scientific definitions of “sexual orientation” are not merely reflections of human nature, but emerged through a process of social negotiation involving opposing social movements, professionals seeking jurisdiction, and historical context. Following the demedicalization of homosexuality, relegating reparative therapies, “ex-gay” ministries, and reorientation research to the scientific fringe has required scientists to enforce key boundaries around scientific expertise and research methods. The book traces reorientation debates in the United States from the 1950s t ... More

Keywords: sexuality studies, science studies, sociology of social movements, ex-gays, reparative therapies, reorientation therapies, conversion therapies, science of sexual orientation, opposing social movements, LGBT rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816696147
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Waidzunas, author
Temple University