Lecture 11

Lecture 11 - 03:02 Preview Sexualorientation

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03:02 Preview Sexual orientation Important distinctions: preferences (attraction, desire), behavior (sex acts), and sexual  identity (self/social classification) Statistics Biosocial (integrative) perspective History of homosexuality in the US Distinctions Sexual preference- attraction, desire, arousal Sexual behavior- how preferences and opportunities translate into sexual acts Sexual identity The self/social classification of people based on their sexual preferences and behaviors  as gay, lesbian, straight, etc. A way to define a person in the eyes of self and others But ask: why are people routinely classified on the basis of sexual orientation? Why not  on the basis of handedness? Internal and external identity constructed since late 19 th  century Beware: 3 issues often conflated/confused Fuzzy link to sexual preferences, behavior, and identity How common is homosexuality? Very difficult to measure Conceptual uncertainty: measure preferences, behavior or identity? Survey research: one of the trickiest topics to elicit responses, audio assisted computer 
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Lecture 11 - 03:02 Preview Sexualorientation

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