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10/23/2016 1 Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation . Person’s emotional, physical, and romantic attraction to one or both sexes Homosexual: orientation towards others of the same sex Heterosexual: orientation toward others of opposite sex Bisexual: oriented to both men and women Queer, pansexual, questioning, asexual and more Sexual Orientations -Terminology “Gay” and “lesbian” used to refer to homosexual men & women “Gay” also used to describe, people, practices and culture associated with homosexuality “Homosexual” , Western concept, dates to 19 th century Not great term- discounts emotional attachments while focusing on sexual Often used as noun but people are not solely defined by sexual identity. Sexual orientation is better than sexual preference because preference implies a conscious or deliberate choice Sexual Orientations -Terminology Asexuality challenges assumption that individuals defined by some type of sexual attraction Someone who does not experience sexual attraction most do not feel distress about their lack of sexual interest. Intrinsic part of who they are. Prevalence rates from .6% to 5.5% Vary in their interests in friendships, affection, romance and partnerships including marriage Bisexuality people who have capacity for emotional romantic and/or physical attraction to more than one sex. Even when people consider themselves Bi, often not known to others because assumption people are gay or straight based on sex of partner Not always easy being bi both hetero and homosexual individuals sometimes judgmental toward those who identify as bi Some individuals identify in other ways Pansexuality, polysexuality, omnisexuality and queer refer attractions toward people of any sex or gender identity. Kinsey Data on Homosexuality Past Kinsey data 1948 2% of women were exclusively homosexual 4% of men were exclusively homosexual Recent NHSL data 1994 1.4 % women and 2.8% men identify themselves as homosexual 4% of women and 5% of men had sex with same-sex partner after age 18 5.5% women and 6% men say they are attracted to others of same sex It depends on how you ask the question? A Continuum of Sexual Orientations -Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 Seven point Sexual Orientation Continuum Model He suggested that it is necessary to consider a variety of activities in assessing an individuals ranking on the continuum such as fantasies, emotional feelings, thoughts, dreams, frequency of sexual activity 0-6 scale How would you or someone of your choice rank on this continuum Biological sex affects patterns in which people fall on Kinsey Scale Men, both homosexual and bisexual typically occupy far ends of scale.
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