Last updated on: 4/9/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Samantha Allen Biography

Title:
Daily Beast columnist
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“After 40 years of discourse defending homosexuality by asserting that it’s an inborn trait, that particular line of argumentation is starting to wear thin. There’s a new ‘gay gene’ study making the rounds this week and while some members of the press are celebrating the study as objective and necessary evidence that homosexuality is not a ‘choice,’ most gay, lesbian, and bisexual people I know could not care less… If it’s hard to get excited about these studies, it’s because, at this point, biological explanations for homosexuality are like iPhones—a new one comes out every year… At its best, the idea that sexual orientation has a genetic influence functions as a sharp rhetorical strategy in a homophobic world that demands proof that homosexuality is not ‘a choice’ in order to recognize its validity… It doesn’t matter whether or not you were ‘born this way,’ what matters is being accepted the way you are, however you got there.”

“The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene,'” thedailybeast.com, Nov. 20, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Daily Beast columnist
  • Frequent contributor to Paste, Daily Dot, and Hello Giggles
  • Articles published in Rolling Stone, Jacobin, Advocate, Salon, Huffington Post, Mic, Kinsey Confidential, Adult Magazine, Feminist Theory, and Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association
  • Has appeared on CNN and NPR
Education:
  • PhD, George W. Woodruff Fellow, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University, 2015
  • BA, Linguistics and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, 2010
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @SLAwrites