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Chapter 9 Sexual Orientations
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A Continuum of Sexual Orientations A specific orientation can include whether an individual: Engages in sexual behavior with men, women, both, or neither Feels sexual desire for men, women, both, or neither Falls in love with men, women, both, or neither Identifies himself or herself with a specific sexual orientation
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A Continuum of Sexual Orientations Primary erotic, psychological, emotional, and social orientation Homosexual Orientation toward same sex Gay men and lesbians Bisexual Orientation toward both same and other sex Heterosexual Orientation toward other sex Asexual No sexual attraction toward either sex
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Age at First Same-Sex Attraction
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Kinsey’s 7-point Continuum 0 = exclusive contact with and erotic attraction to the other sex 6 = exclusive contact with and erotic attraction to the same sex
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Sexual Fluidity Variability in attraction at various times and situations For women Sexual fluidity is more common For men Sexual fluidity is much less common
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Asexual Most asexual men and women have been asexual their whole lives
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