From ‘lesbian and gay psychology’ to a critical psychology of sexualities

Authored by: Pam Alldred , Nick Fox

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182

10.4324/9781315726526.ch21

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Abstract

The conventional history of psychology’s engagement with sexualities describes the gradual progression from the darkness of unscientific prejudice, in which psychology theorized homosexuality as sick and/or perverse, to the sunny uplands of rigorous, evidence-based research (Kitzinger 1987: 8). Using sound data, testable theory, and more enlightened attitudes, psychologists now value people with differing sexualities as normal and healthy members of a pluralistic society, with LGBTQ psychology committed to sexual emancipation, self-affirmation, and the eradication of homophobia.

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