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SOC100- SEX

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC101Y1
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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SOC100 NOVEMBER 27 2013 1 SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF SEX • Sex is not something just innate, something we instinctively know something  • Learned as we grow into adulthood • Has a strong cultural context • Fundamentally a social enterprise SEXUAL ORIENTATION is the identification of individuals as heterosexual, bisexual,  or homosexual based on their emotional and sexual attractions, relationships self identity  and life style  • HETEROSEXUALS are predominantly attracted to members of sex • HOMOSEXUALS to members are the same • BISEXUALS are attracted to both sexes Each of these contribute to sexual orientation: 1. Sexual behavior 2. Sexual fantasies 3. Emotional attachments 4. Sexual self­concepts Who is Homosexual? 1. Either heterosexual or homosexual person 2. Kinsey and his continuum based on behavior (from exclusively heterosexual to  exclusively homosexual) 3. Klein and his sexual orientation grid (sexual attraction, sexual behavior, sexual  fantasies, emotional preference, social preference, self­identification and  heterosexual/homosexual lifestyle) Also looking at past, present and ideal conditions STATISTICS Depends on how one measures it… 1. Between 3% and 4% of men are predominantly gay 2. Between 1.5% and 2% of women are predominantly lesbian SOC100 NOVEMBER 27 2013 2 DIFFERENT SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS Nature or Nurture: Interaction of biological and environmental forces affect the  development of sexual orientation Environmental factors: Availability of sexual partners, early sexual reinforcement  influence subsequent sexual orientation Sexual orientation cannot be changed and efforts to change would not work and me be  harmful Growing up GLB Means not fitting in the heteronormat
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