Last updated on: 2/21/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Sartelle Biography

Title:
Webmaster for the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) at the University of California at Berkeley
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“The fantasy of the essentially and biologically homosexual body is, among other things, a fantasy about abdication of responsibility for our feelings and actions. It is about the wish to escape from responsibility, to let someone or something else make the decisions for us — in this case, by holding our biology responsible for our behavior. It is dangerous because it encourages us to forget that what is most human is our ability to *choose* what we do with our bodies, sexually or otherwise. Since homosexual desire is perfectly normal, there is no need to account for it, and there is no reason to repress it. *Who cares* what causes it? Just say yes. Homosexual relations should be accepted for the same reasons as any other consensual form of sexual expression: as an affirmation of our human freedom, and a celebration of the pleasures of being a body among other bodies.”

1994

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • “My partner in life is Carlos Camargo.”
  • Programmer/Analyst II, Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California at Berkeley, May 1996-present
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, July 1997-Aug. 1997
  • Editorial Assistant, Representations – Berkeley, CA, Jan. 1996-Dec. 1996
  • Researcher, Division of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Aug. 1995-May 1996
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Department of English and Division of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Jan. 1990-Dec. 1995
Education:
  • Attended the PhD program, University of California at Berkeley
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are There Physical Differences in the Brain Structure of Heterosexual and Homosexual People?