Chapter 9 - Chapter 9: Sexual Or ientation Getting Oriented...

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Chapter 9: Sexual Orientation Getting Oriented Toward Sexual Orientation Sexual orientation refers to one’s erotic attractions toward, and interests in developing romantic relationships with, members of one’s own or the other sex. Heterosexual orientation refers to an erotic attraction to, and preference for developing romantic relationships with members of the other sex. Homosexual orientation refers to an erotic attraction to, and interest in forming romantic relationships with members of one’s own sex. - Homosexuality applies to both men and women as well as gay 1. Coming to terms with terms - People prefer gay male or lesbian female because homosexual carries social stigma - Adopted term LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer) - Queer has been reclaimed in Canada, but some lesbians are uncomfortable with queer because they feel they relate more to straight women than to gay men > sexism 2. Sexual orientation and Gender Identity (p. 229) - Alderson’s sexuality questionnaire, measure with 4 factors o Sexual attraction o Sexual preference o Sexual partners o Tendency to fall in love romantically and experience of falling in love 3. Classification o f Sexual Orientation: Is Yes or no enough? (p.229) - It is not unusual for heterosexuals to have sexual activities with partners of their own sex (adolescence, prisons)
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- Sexual orientation is not necessarily expressed in sexual behaviour - Heteroerotic interests : of an erotic nature involving member of other sex - Homoerotic interests : involving member of own sex - Women’s sexual orientations are apparently more flexible than men’s, being more dependent on social experience. - The Kinsey Continuum: a 7 point continuum that classifies people according to their homosexual behaviour and the magnitude of their attraction to members of their own gender. - Kinsey found that 10% of the US pop was gay 4. Estimates of Sexual Orientation: Surveys, p. 231 5. Challenges to the Kinsey Continuum - Kinsey believed gay and straight were at opposing ends of the continuum. -
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course AHSC 312 taught by Professor J.phelps during the Winter '10 term at Concordia Canada.

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Chapter 9 - Chapter 9: Sexual Or ientation Getting Oriented...

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