Same Sex Relationships

Same Sex Relationships - Same-sex relationships Definitions...

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Same-sex relationships
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Definitions Sexual Orientation Characteristic determined by the sex of the sexual partners one is attracted to (same/opposite sex) Homosexuality Having a sexual attraction to members of the same sex Gender Roles Behaviors and traits we think others expect of us as women or men
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How many Gay and Lesbian Couples are there? Stigma makes it hard to tell 4.9% of men, 4.1% of women engaged in sexual behavior with a person of their own sex 6.2% of men, 4.4% of women have been attracted to someone of own sex 2.8% of men and 1.4% of women identified themselves with a label of same-sex sexuality 2000 Census data 1 in 9 unmarried couples were same-sex Children resided w/ 22% of male couples and 33% of female couples
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Gay & Lesbian Dating Start dating later generally Harder to find a partner Social invisibility Fewer potential meeting places
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Organization of Relationships Heterosexual Relationships Often organized around traditional gender roles Same-sex Relationships Butch-Femme? (not true) Strive for more egalitarian relationships Create non-gendered roles Tasks divided by ability, with undesirable tasks shared equally Lesbians more successful at egalitarianism
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