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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Sexual orientation
Markers of sexual orientation include self-labelling, actual sexual behaviour, sexual fantasy, and a pattern of erotic arousal – a "pattern" being most accurately identified when genital engorgement with blood is measured in response to homoerotic material with penile plethysmography or vaginal photoplethysmography.
However, this understanding of homosexuality as sexual inversion was disputed at the time, and through the second half of the 20th century, gender identity came to be increasingly seen as a phenomenon distinct from sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation is further complicated by more recent non-binary understandings of both sex (male, female, or intersex) and gender (man, woman, transgender, third gender, or gender variant).
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Sexual_orientation   (4723 words)

  Demographics of sexual orientation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Measuring the prevalence of various sexual orientations (e.g.
Another difficulty in designing, conducting, and reporting surveys of sexual orientation is the complexity of the phenomenon itself.
Two of the most famous studies of the demographics of human sexual orientation were Dr. Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Demographics_of_sexual_orientation   (1658 words)

 Sexual orientation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sexual orientation refers to the sex, sexes, gender or genders, to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a person's amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings.
Sexual fetishism is usually considered orthogonal (unrelated) to the gender-based categories of sexual orientation listed above, though of course it may in some cases be an important part of a person's sexual identity and behavior.
Because sexual orientation is complex and multi-dimensional, some academics and researchers (especially in Queer studies) have argued that sexual orientation is a completely historical and social construction.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sexual_orientation   (4145 words)

 Talk:Demographics of sexual orientation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a result, sexual prohibitions and bans were lifted, sexual activity among older teenagers has become more or less generally accepted, boys and girls grow up together (instead of separated by sex, as seems to have been the case earlier - I'm not old enough to have experienced this myself).
This cessation of sexual separation and sexual prohibitions is said to have "killed off the homophile phase" during puberty, although this is not further explained.
History of sexuality seems to indicate some societies where ritualized homosexual behavior have been common but existed alongside heterosexual marriage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Demographics_of_sexual_orientation   (1748 words)

 Demographic Study on Male Sexual Orientation: Discussion
The demographic estimates based on sexual orientation produced in this study apply to middle- to lower-class 18- to 27-year old males living outside Calgary's city centre which harbors the gay community, the area where gay organization services, clubs, and businesses are concentrated, and where gay and bisexual males are also most concentrated and visible.
The study produced demographic data based on sexual orientation, even though the original objective was not to estimate the percentage of gay and bisexual males living in middle- to lower-class neighbourhoods outside of Calgary's gay community area.
Demographers must begin to address seriously the issue of flawed methodology (in terms of populations sampled, the methods of asking questions, and the actual questions asked) in arriving at an estimate of the proportion of adult men who are homosexual.
www.youth-suicide.com /gay-bisexual/discuss.htm   (2879 words)

 glbtq >> social sciences >> Demographics
Assessing the demographic characteristics of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
population can be a daunting challenge, in part because sexual orientation and gender identification are not easily measured constructs, data are relatively rare, and the glbtq population can be reluctant to identify themselves as such in surveys.
Since census forms do not ask about sexual orientation, attraction, or behavior, the analyses from that data source are limited to same-sex couples.
www.glbtq.com /social-sciences/demographics.html   (831 words)

 Asexuality Summary
Sexual reproduction involves the fusion of two gamete cells (the sperm and ova), each of which has half the normal number of chromosomes, a result of reduction division known as meiosis.
Among those who do not believe it to be an orientation, other suggested causes include past sexual abuse, sexual repression (of homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality), hormonal problems, delayed development, or disorders such as autism, sublimation of sexuality for personal, religious or cultural reasons, or simply not having met the right person.
Because of their romantic orientation, some asexuals describe themselves as gay, bisexual, or straight asexuals; this is related to the concept of affectional orientation.
www.bookrags.com /Asexuality   (2645 words)

 Homosexuality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Sexuality, then, is seen as a participation in a larger social discourse, and, though in some sense fluid, not as something strictly determinable by the individual.
Most sexual orientation specialists follow the general conclusion of Alfred Kinsey regarding the sexual continuum, according to which a minority of humans are exclusively homosexual or heterosexual, and that the majority are bisexual.
However, Kinsey's idea of a sexuality continuum still enjoys acceptance today and is supported by findings in the human and animal kingdoms including biological studies of structural brain differences between those belonging to different sexual orientations.
www.vacilando.org /_cliextra/baghdadmuseumorg/includepage.php?title=Homosexuality&action=history   (8600 words)

 First-Year Medical Student Orientation
Orientation activities for first-year medical students take place over several days, culminating in the Joseph M. Healey Convocation Ceremony, named in honor of Professor Healey, the driving force behind the introduction of convocation in 1985.
Students are assigned to a primary care office for one half-day per week beginning in October of the first-year and continuing until the end of the third-year where they practice their clinical skills with patients.
Recognizing that students must maintain their mental health in order to be successful, the last official component of the orientation week is a session devoted to anticipating the stresses inherent to pursuing a career in medicine.
medicine.uchc.edu /current/orientation/index.html   (1008 words)

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It is worth noting however that the term sexual orientation does not indicate that the institution does not discriminate on the grounds of gender identity, which includes transsexual and transgender people, and should be explicitly mentioned.
Disclosure of sexuality by someone who defines as lesbian, gay or bisexual still constitutes harassment and discrimination; the sexual orientation of the perpetrator is immaterial.
Whilst general best practice suggests that staff and potential staff should be monitored on the grounds of sexual orientation, experience has proven that staff and potential staff have been reluctant to declare their orientation because they are not convinced that the information will be kept confidential or that it is relevant.
www.shu.ac.uk /university/diversity/documents/sexualorien.doc   (7884 words)

 The Asexuality Page - with info on - sexless marriage
There is debate as to whether this is a sexual dysfunction or a sexual orientation; furthermore, there is disagreement over the exact definition of the word.
sexual repression (of homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality), hormonal problems, delayed development, sublimation of sexuality for personal, religious or cultural reasons, or simply not having met the right person.
Furthermore, according to some religious beliefs, sexuality itself is sacred or a divine gift; certain varieties of Tantra involve sex, for example, and some types of neopaganism and New Age spirituality include the concept of sacred sexuality.
www.taxglosses.com /Randy-to-Short/Asexuality.html   (2435 words)

 Civil Rights 101   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
According to the report, as many as 44 percent of respondents in some cities reported employment discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION -- generally defined to mean heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
It would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, and most terms and conditions of employment.
www.civilrights.org /research_center/civilrights101/sexualorientation.html   (777 words)

 Adolescent Sexual Behavior. I: Demographics
Thus, it is critically important for adults to address adolescent sexuality realistically and to recognize that a young person's decision whether to have sexual intercourse may be influenced by many factors, including socioeconomic status, ethnicity, family structure, educational aspirations, age, and life experiences.
Women who were 17 or older at first sexual intercourse were more likely to say their reason was being in love or physically attracted to their partner.
When asked why they had sexual intercourse for the first time, 13 percent of young men ages 13 to 18 cited pressure from their friends and eight percent of women the same age cited pressure from a partner.
www.advocatesforyouth.org /publications/factsheet/fsbehdem.htm   (1274 words)

 Homosexuality: Biological? Learned? Bibliography and Abstracts.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Sexual orientation and height, weight, and age of puberty: new tests from a British national probability sample.
The findings were inconsistent with accounts of male sexual orientation that invoke single preponderant causes, whether genetic or environmental, and call some forms of taxonomic theorizing about sexual orientation into question.
Furthermore, it is noted that Dr. Isay’s position obscures the theory of sexuality put forth by Freud in his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905/62), which establishes a continuity between homosexuality and heterosexuality such that neither one is privileged as ‘natural’ nor denigrated as ‘deviant’.
fsw.ucalgary.ca /ramsay/gay-lesbian-bisexual/4c-genes-learned-gay.htm   (5929 words)

 The Truth About Adolescent Sexuality - The Body
A study of 3,816 young women who identify as lesbian, as bisexual, or as unsure of their sexual orientation suggests these women are at an increased risk of pregnancy and poor contraceptive practice.
Among sexually experienced respondents, bisexual/lesbian women were significantly more likely to engage in penile-vaginal intercourse daily or several times a week (22 percent) than their heterosexual peers (15 percent) or those unsure of their sexual orientation (17 percent).
A study of 3,816 young women who identify as lesbian, as bisexual, or as unsure of their sexual orientation found that those women who identified as lesbian or bisexual were equally as likely as their heterosexual peers to engage in penile-vaginal intercourse.
www.thebody.com /siecus/adolescent_sexuality.html   (7338 words)

 Homosexuality - Psychology Central
Numerous researchers studying the social construction of same-sex relationships have suggested that the concept of homosexuality would best be rendered as "homosexualities." They document that same-sex relations have been and continue to be organised in distinctly categorical ways by different societies in different eras.
There is no credible, scientific evidence supporting successful "treatment" of sexual orientation, and some persons have reported that great harm was inflicted on them by such "treatments." [1].
Islam regards homosexual love and desire as natural but sexual relations as a transgression negatory of the natural role and aim of sexual activity.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Homosexuality   (7995 words)

 Oncology Nursing Society.
Until researchers complete and publish studies comparing differences in the distribution of risk factors by sexual orientation, the prevalence of established risk factors for the development of ovarian cancer among lesbians can only be estimated by what is known about the differences between lesbian and heterosexual women.
Comparisons in the demographics by sexual orientation were generated using t-tests or chi-square analyses as appropriate for the level of data.
Because the age, ethnicity, employment status, and disability status of the sample were different by sexual orientation, the comparisons of risk factors were completed with age, ethnicity, employment status, and disability status as covariates.
www.ons.org /publications/journals/ONF/Volume29/Issue1/290101.asp   (4462 words)

 Update 1996 for The GLB Factor in the Youth Suicide Problem
Child sexual abuse is related to having such problems, but the most distressed youths, defined by having attempted suicide (the most severe form of self-harm), are mostly homosexually oriented.
More recent research suggests that it is not sexual abuse which is the significant factor in suicide attempts by gay and bisexual males, but "sexual orientation" issues, including problems linked to having such a gay or bisexual identity in a highly homophobic, heterosexist, and sexist society.
The demographic paper, the paper being written on suicide attempts, and another synthesis paper to be included in a book to be soon published on suicide problems, should yield positive results.
www.youth-suicide.com /gay-bisexual/update.htm   (7846 words)

 Welcome to my other Side - Lesbian
Sexual activity between women is as diverse as sex between heterosexuals or gay men.
There is a growing body of research and writing on lesbian sexuality, which has brought some debate about the control women have over their sexual lives, the fluidity of female-to-female sexuality, the redefinition of female sexual pleasure and the debunking of negative sexual stereotypes.
Prior to the revelation there had been no overt reference to her sexuality but there had been possible clues prior to this such as the character's American liberalism views, defense of same-sex marriage and several other subtle implications.
www.free-blog.in /Naomitg/8226   (2937 words)

 WORLD Magazine | Weekly News, Christian Views
They influence judges’ understanding before they become judges so that when a man or woman becomes a judge he is, for all purposes, an ignoramus with respect to homosexuality, full to the brim with sentimental platitudes.
These platitudinous outlooks “feel” deep, but are astoundingly shallow (the concept “sexual orientation” is an example—it is a “stopthought” that won’t bear five minutes of serious scrutiny before dissolving into a welter of contradiction).
So, over the years, the concept of “sexual orientation” has worked its way into the culture and up the court system to the level of the U.S. Supreme Court and in certain key state Supreme Court cases, especially in the Goodrich case in Massachusetts.
www.worldmag.com /displayarticle.cfm?id=10331   (1237 words)

 Sexuality and Reproductive Health--Sexual Orientation - CROWD - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Sexual orientation has a disproportionately negative impact on women with disabilities.
The lesbian community is more accepting and supportive of the sexuality of women with disabilities than is the male heterosexual community.
Lesbian women feel left out in sex education groups for women with disabilities, and do not feel safe to bring up their sexual preference.
www.bcm.edu /crowd?pmid=1450   (125 words)

 Data Sources - GayData.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
sexual with both (d) I am strongly attracted to people of the opposite sex, and most of my sexual
Resnick MD. Reis E. Murphy A. Measuring sexual orientation in adolescent health surveys: evaluation of eight school-
orientation questions were similar to other sexual questions, but not higher; younger
www.gaydata.org /ds021_NAIAHS.html   (764 words)

 Spirit of Inclusion
We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality, for example, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.
The Church also teaches that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are called to live chaste lives in accordance with their vocations as single people, married couples, priests or religious.
Within society at large, the phrase “sexual orientation” sometimes becomes a term that does not admit of distinction between sexual orientation and the manner in which people live out their sexual orientation—a distinction that is critical to us as a Catholic institution.
www.nd.edu /~equity/diversity/SpiritofInclusion.shtml   (1430 words)

 Asexuality - Psychology Wiki
There is disagreement over whether asexuality is a legitimate sexual orientation.
Among those who do not believe it to be an orientation, other suggested causes include past sexual abuse, sexual repression (of homosexuality, heterosexuality or bisexuality), hormonal problems, delayed development of attraction, sublimation, and not having met the right person.
Many self-identified asexuals, meanwhile, deny that such diagnoses apply to them; others argue that because their asexuality does not cause them distress it should not be viewed as a medical or emotional disorder.
psychology.wikia.com /wiki/Asexuality   (2062 words)

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