Reading for Week 6. Book: Social Problems, Chapter: 5

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Published on 16 May 2011
School
UTSG
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC102H1
Professor
SP5: Sexualities
Introduction
Public discussion of alternative sexualities are influenced by thinking of human rights. The general view
on homosexuality has shifted over generations. Ppl consider anti-homosexual behaviour a social problem,
violation of human rights, laws.
Sexual orientation
Homosexuality, sexual orientation, Queer( anyone not hetero)
Old View: View on sexuality as fixed/binary.
Alfred Kinsey (40s/50s) showed human sexual orientation is a continuum. Sexual desires are somewhere
in the continuum. Ppl afraid to act on their real sexual desires for fear of stigmatization/rejection.
Numbering the homosexual pop.
Survey; 18-59yo, 1% homo, 0.7% bisexual, (1.3% men, 0.7% women)
McCabe study on prevalence of substance abuse among hetero/homosexuals. Aside finding;
2%gay/lesb/bi, 4% had 1 same-sex partner in lifetime, 6% same-sex sexual attraction. The definition of
sexual orientation greatly affects the risk of substance abuse.
Gender Binary and Transgendered People
Ppl used to a strict gender binary and uncomfortable when ppl dont fit their expected social identity as
fe/male
transgendered ppl, social identity doesnt match their sex. Very broad terms, encompases intersexed,
transvestites. Some do not feel they belong to the LGBT community due to different experiences (ie.
Heterosexual transgereds)
Coming out
The disclosure of ones sexual identity. A person must come out before becoming part of the LGBT
community, a transition to the homosexual world. Also, ppls identities are linked to the social roles they
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Public discussion of alternative sexualities are influenced by thinking of human rights. The general view on homosexuality has shifted over generations. Ppl consider anti-homosexual behaviour a social problem, violation of human rights, laws. Alfred kinsey (40s/50s) showed human sexual orientation is a continuum. Ppl afraid to act on their real sexual desires for fear of stigmatization/rejection. Survey; 18-59yo, 1% homo, 0. 7% bisexual, (1. 3% men, 0. 7% women) Mccabe study on prevalence of substance abuse among hetero/homosexuals. 2%gay/lesb/bi, 4% had 1 same-sex partner in lifetime, 6% same-sex sexual attraction. The definition of sexual orientation greatly affects the risk of substance abuse. Ppl used to a strict gender binary and uncomfortable when ppl don"t fit their expected social identity as fe/male transgendered ppl, social identity doesn"t match their sex. Some do not feel they belong to the lgbt community due to different experiences (ie. heterosexual transgereds)