7 Sexual Orientations

7 Sexual Orientations - Everybody in this room is queer....

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Everybody in this room is queer. Questions for group members: 1. What was it like growing up queer in your home town? Your family? Your church? 2. Are you out to anyone? Why or why not? 3. Have you ever been in love? What was it like? 4. Are you in a long-term relationship? 5. Do you think you’ll have kids one day? 6. What would you like to see change regarding GLBTQ life in America? SEXUAL ORIENTATION Sexual attraction to one's own sex (gay/lesbian) or the other sex (straight). Perhaps 1-4% of persons surveyed consider themselves asexual . Gay/Lesbian: Primary attraction (erotic, psychological, emotional, and social) is toward members of the same sex. National Health & Social Life Survey (1994) 1.4% of women, 2.8% of men identified themselves as "homosexual" 4% of women and 5% of men reported having had a same-sex sexual experience since age 18 5.5% of women and 6% of men said they had been attracted to members of same sex KINSEY’S CONTINUUM 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 0=Exclusively Heterosexual 1=Predominately Heterosexual, only incidentally Homosexual 3=Equally Heterosexual and Homosexual
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6=Exclusively Homosexual Kinsey: 13% of men, 7% of women are either mainly or exclusively involved with members of their own gender (1940’s, USA). BISEXUALITY: Attraction to both same-sex and other-sex partners. Is this - a "real" orientation? - a transitional orientation (experiment; school; prison; commercial) - homosexual denial? LBGTQ etc. LABELS: to facilitate understanding and communication - to stigmatize, pathologize - to narrow our vision: the label is ALL we see “heterosexual” = normal?? essentialism vs. social constructionism: Erotic plasticity Pascoe: “fag talk and fag imitations serve as a discourse with which boys discipline themselves and each other” “fag” = to fail at male competence “Hegemonic masculinity requires that anything remotely feminine be renounced.” (hegemony: leadership or dominance by one social group over another) Except, of course, you must LIKE women. Homophobia requires that men “root out any femininity in each other” and prove their manhood with the endless quest for pussy. Phobia: an irrational fear around which you may arrange your ever-shrinking life. How has homophobia affected you and your relationships? Consider: the male culture and its fascination with lesbian sexuality. What’s up with this? -Feeling threatened by lesbians -Taking control of the image Consider: your male lover seems “too nellie” to you. Why does this bother you? INTERNALIZED OPPRESSION Occurs when members of any oppressed or disenfranchised group “internalizes”
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or deeply believes what the dominant culture believes about them. May be conscious or unconscious.
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course EDP 363 taught by Professor Brownstein during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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