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Lecture 11 - Soc 120 Marriage and the Family Lecture 11...

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1 Soc 120: Marriage and the Family Lecture 11 Sexual Orientation Jacki Hartley Review Race and the American Family II Hispanic & Asian families Racial intermarriage – History, racial threat, anti-miscegenation legislation
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2 Preview Sexual Orientation Important distinctions Preferences (attraction, desire) Behavior (sex acts) Sexual identity (self/social classification) – Statistics – Biosocial (integrative) perspective – History of homosexuality in the U.S. Distinctions Sexual Preferences Attraction, desire, arousal Sexual Behavior How preferences & 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 basis of, say, handedness? Internal and external identity construction since late 19 th C Beware: three issues often conflated/confused. Fuzzy link to sexual preferences, behavior, and identity
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3 How Common is Homosexuality?
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