Last updated on: 1/23/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Byrne Fone, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus of English at City University of New York
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“In my mind, sexual orientation is absolutely determined at, or indeed before birth. It is in short nature, not nurture. It is in the genes. What is determined by nurture, however is not homosexuality but homophobia as well as what might be called gender-role typecasting, that is expectations of what is ‘masculine,’ ‘feminine,’ and ‘effeminate.'”

Email to ProCon.org on Jan. 23, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-owner, Le Domaine de La Millasserie, “a gay-owned B and B with pool in the gay-friendly Perigord [France]”
    Professor Emeritus of English, City University of New York
Education:
  • PhD, 18th Century English and 19th Century American Literature, New York University
  • MA, Medieval Studies, University of Virginia
  • BA, Harpur College
Other:
  • None found