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FRHD*2100 (DE)Chapter 9Chapter 9: Sexual OrientationGetting Oriented Toward Sexual Orientation• Sexual Orientation– Definition:The directionality of ones erotic attraction – that is to members of thesame gender, the other gender, or both• Heterosexual Orientation– Definition:Erotic attraction to – and preference for romantic relationships withmembers of the other gender• Homosexual Orientation– Definition:Erotic attraction to – and preference for romantic relationships withmembers of your own gender• Bisexual Orientation– Definition:Erotic attraction to – and preference for romantic relationships with –both men and women• Coming to Terms with Terms– The term “homosexuality” is somewhat controversial:• Draws attention to sexual behaviour.• Has historical association with deviance and mental illness.• Often used only in reference to men, rendering lesbians invisible.– Sexual orientation refers to the direction of romantic interest and erotic attraction,notby sexual activity.– This distinction is useful, because many heterosexual people have same-sexexperiences and many gay and lesbian people have opposite-sex experiences.• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity– Like most heterosexuals, most gay men and lesbians have gender identities consistentwith their anatomic sex.– A small percentage of gays and lesbians are transgender.– When heterosexuals think about gays and lesbians, they often focus onsexualaspectsof relationships; the relationships of gays and lesbians (like heterosexuals) involve morethansex.• Only a small amount of time in heterosexual and homosexual relationships isspent on sex.• More basic to gay or lesbian sexual orientation is the formation ofromanticattachmentswith members of one’s own sex.– Sexual orientation can be conceptualized/measured based on several factorsPage 1 of 13
FRHD*2100 (DE)Chapter 9(Alderson, 2007): (list 5)1.Sexual attraction2.Sexual fantasies3.Sexual preference4.Sexual partners5.Tendency to fall in love6.Experience of falling in love romantically• Classifying Sexual Orientation– Not clear cut –a significant percentage of people are neither exclusively heterosexualnor exclusively gay or lesbian.• It’s not unusual for heterosexual people to have same-sex sexual experiences.• Gay males and lesbians may also engage in male-female activity whilemaintaining a gay sexual orientation.– Sexual orientation isn’t necessarily expressed in sexual behaviour.• Many people see themselves as gay or heterosexual long before theyhave sexwith members of their own gender.– People’s erotic interests may shift over time.• Women’s sexual orientations are apparently somewhat moreplasticthanmen’s.

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Homosexuality, Gay and Lesbian Sexual Orientations

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