6 Sexual Orientation - Biology of Human Sexuality Dr Martha Rosenthal Sexual Orientation Definitions Gay Lesbian Bisexual Queer Transsexual Transvestite

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Biology of Human Sexuality Dr. Martha Rosenthal Sexual Orientation Definitions : Gay Lesbian Bisexual Queer Transsexual Transvestite Drag queen Butch Femme Incidence of homosexuality: What percentage of the population is gay? Very different estimates of incidence in American population. Range from 1% - 37% There is a perception that 10% of the population is gay. This number is not based on any research. It may have been extrapolated from Kinsey’s data, which was based on non-random samples. What is the definition of homosexuality ? o Sexual attraction This yields the highest numbers—higher than same-sex behaviors or gay identity o Sexual behavior? What constitutes sexual behavior ? The frequency of sexual acts? The number of partners? o Sexual identity Should both physical and psychological factors be considered? What time frame should be considered ? Who are the subjects? How was the study conducted? 1
Sexual orientation case studies (from Janell Carroll, Sexuality Now ) Susan, 45 years old: I have been in an exclusive, monogamous lesbian relationship with Michele for 21 years. After 8 years with Michele, I decided I wanted a child and had sex a few times with a friend of mine, Jonathan. I now have a 13 year old son. Seeing how much I enjoyed having a child, my partner decided she wanted done, too, but because she had no desire to have intercourse with a man she had herself artificially inseminated. GAY Allie, 25 years old: I had my first sexual experience with a guy when I was 16 years old. I loved sex and enjoyed being with guys. However, I fell madly in love with a woman during my junior year of college. Our sex life was awesome. We drifted apart after college, and now I am sleeping only with men again. BISEXUAL Bill, 21 years old: When I was in my teens, a friend of mine and myself stroked each other to orgasm on three occasions. Although I now date only women, every so often while masturbating I fantasize about those experiences, which enhances my orgasm. I consider myself heterosexual and feel a bit uneasy about my fantasies. BISEXUAL Anthony, 31 years old: I have been married for 15 years, and I have 2 children. My wife and I have a healthy sexual life, and I love her very much. I have never had sex with another woman since my marriage. However, about once every 2 or 3 months, I drive to a town about 2 hours away from where I live and pick up a man for quick, anonymous sex. I find these encounters to be the most exciting part of my sex life. BISEXUAL Peter, 26 years old: I have been in prison for five years for dealing drugs. While in prison, I’ve engaged in anal and oral sex with other men, usually fantasizing that they were women. I long for my scheduled release a few months from now when I plan to resume having sex exclusively with women, as I did before being sent to prison.

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