CHFD 3010 Chapter 9 - CHAPTER9...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style CHAPTER 9 SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS
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Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation Sexual attraction to one’s own sex  (homosexual), to the other sex  (heterosexual), or to both sexes  (bisexual), or lack of sexual interest in  either sex (asexual) Homosexuality, heterosexuality, and  bisexuality can refer to erotic  attraction, sexual behavior, emotional 
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A Continuum of Sexual Orientations Alfred Kinsey devised a seven point continuum to describe individual  sexuality An innovative view on sexuality Usually considered to be one, or  another Kinsey offers views allowing a person
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Asexuality One who does not experience  sexual attraction Unlike celibacy, which a person can  choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part  of who people are Although lack sexual attraction  towards others – they have a range of  interests in friendships, affection,  partnerships, including marriage 73% of people who identify 
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Bisexuality Currently, “no scientific or popular  consensus exists on the precise  cluster of experiences that qualify  an individual as lesbian, gay, or  bisexual (or heterosexual) instead  of just curious, confused, or  experimenting” (Diamond, 2008)  For this discussion: bisexuality =  sexual attraction, arousal, or 
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Bisexuality Women who identify themselves as  heterosexual are 27 times more  likely than heterosexual men to  express moderate or higher  attraction to their own sex Research shows that women,  regardless of their self-identified  sexual orientation, experience  varying degrees of genital arousal 
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Discussion How do you account for the  discrepancies between subjective  reports and physical arousal in  women? Do you think that women are not aware  of their vaginal arousal because it is  internal and not as obvious as an  erection? Are they too uncomfortable 
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Sexual Fluidity Variability in same sex and other- sex attraction and involvement at  different times and in different  situations throughout the lifespan The Kinsey Scale may give a false  impression that a person’s sexuality  is fixed throughout the life span Sexual fluidity is much greater for  women than it is for men
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Sexuality Fluidity  Heterosexual women are much  more likely than heterosexual men  to experiment or change their  sexual orientation at some point  throughout their adult years Several women have left  heterosexual relationships to pursue  that of a same sex relationship, only  to return back to a heterosexual 
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Bisexuality is Discussed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Homosexuality Most recent studies project that 
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2011 for the course CHFD 4870 taught by Professor Burwell during the Fall '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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