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Chapter 6 - Chapter 6 Sexualities Historically By late 19...

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Chapter 6: Sexualities Historically: By late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, two major categories developed: Heterosexual Homosexual Sexual Identities: Sexual identity : a set of sexual practices and attitudes that lead to the formation in a person’s mind of an identity as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Helps us define who we are The Emergence of Sexual Acts: Sexual Acts vs. Sexual Identities Only two categories of sexual activities existed: o Those socially approved o Those socially disapproved (seen as sinful) o *Just because you engaged in the act does not make you identify with a particular orientation. The concept of sexual identity requires self-consciousness and self-examination The Emergence of Heterosexuality and Homosexuality: There was a public campaign against homosexuality Medical literature that described homosexuality as a disease preventing one from being normal o This model was dominant until 1973 o Gave an identity to individuals who had none Determinants of Sexual Identities: The Social Constructionist Perspective : maintains that sexual identities are entirely socially created. Points to culture and historical variations and argue that sexual categories are
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Chapter 6 - Chapter 6 Sexualities Historically By late 19...

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