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

Havelock Ellis, MD Biography

Title:
Physician
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[In England and the United States] all our traditions and all our moral ideals, as well as the law, are energetically opposed to every manifestation of homosexual passion. It requires a very strong impetus to go against this compact social force which on every side constrains the individual into the paths of heterosexual love. That impetus, in a well-bred individual who leads the normal life of his fellow-men and who feels the ordinary degree of respect for the social feeling surrounding him, can only be supplied by a fundamental—usually, it is probably, inborn,—perversion of the sexual instinct, rendering the individual organically abnormal.”

Cowritten with John Addington Symonds, Sexual Inversion, 1897

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Former staff member, Westminster Review
  • Former member, Fellowship of New Life
  • Founder, Fabian Group
Education:
  • MD, St. Thomas’s Hospital (Southwark, United Kingdom)
Other:
  • Died on July 8, 1939
  • Legal name was Henry Havelock Ellis
  • Ellis was aware that his wife engaged in lesbian relationships during their marriage
  • Confessed to a fascination with women urinating in his autobiography My Life