PSYC 333 Lecture 14 - Lecture 14: Sexual Orientations...

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Lecture 14: Sexual OrientationsSexual Orientations-Sexual orientation: Not just a sexual attractionoA person’s erotic and/or emotional orientation“Homo”: same (e.g., gay, lesbian)“Hetero”: different (“straight”)“Bi”: both (bisexual)Often overlooked in terms of research and taken less seriously ascompared to other ‘categories’“Asexual”: neither/none: No attraction to other peopleDoes not mean they will not be orented to a romantic interest“Pan”: all gender expressions/identitiesCan be attracted to trans individuals, or binary, or wtvOpenness to all individuals regardless of gender-What can orientation encompass?oAffectional orientation – more than just “sexual” attractionoIncludesSexual attractionSexual behaviourRomantic attraction – may not necessarily be sexual attractionoSexual orientation identity-How Common?oNational Health Statistics Center survey7.1% of men and 13.6% of women experience any sexual attraction to samegender1.5% of men and .7% of women are attracted exclusively to same genderUnderestimates?Some may have been less honest in their reponsesoAt the point, USA may not have been as open about same sexmarriage etcNumbers are likely to be higheroLooked at several 1000s individualsIndividuals to categorize their own sexual orientation on a 5 point skillObservations:Men: More bimodal distributionoIdentifying as only opposite sex or only same sex (they only chooseone)
oLittle in-betweenWomen: Decreases with specificityoMore likely to see women in heterosexual and bisexual categories,but not so much in exclusively female categoryMen tend to pick either male or female partners, while females are moreopen with whom they pick-Other ways to ask the questiono-But..oThese focus onsexualattraction and sexual behavioursWhat about MSM (men who have sex with men)?They often do it because they enjoy it, but do not necessarily identify withbi/gayWhat about those who are romantically, but not sexually, attracted to others?What about the person themselves, regardless of their “gender”?

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Term
Fall
Professor
CarolineF.Pukall
Tags
Bisexuality, Sexual attraction

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