Sexual and Gender Orientation
How media, family and culture can be influential.
What is Sexual and Gender Orientation?
Not all people are heterosexual or straight. Some people are gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning. In other words, there are many people on this planet with different sexual orientations and this is an example of sexual diversity. These terms refers to the fact that not all people have a gender identity that conforms exactly to their biological sex.
The acronym LGBTQ is a reflection of sexual diversity within society.
L=lesbian. Refers to females whose sexually attracted towards other females.
G=Gay. Refers to males whose sexually attracted towards other males.
B=Bisexual. Refers to a male or female who is sexually attracted to both males and females.
T=Transgender and/or Transsexual. Transsexual refers to a person whose gender identity is neither exclusively female nor male and primarily the opposite of their biological sex.
Q=Queer or Questioning. Some non-heterosexual people refer to themselves as Queer because they are uncomfortable labeling themselves gay, lesbian, or bisexual. A person who is Questioning is arriving at a clearer sense of what their sexual orientation is.
How Family can be Influential
How Media can be Influential
How Culture can be Influential
Culture and media go hand to hand. There have been many references to sexual orientation throughout history, but even with that being the case, same-sex relationships are not always accepted in many cultures and are discriminated against. This issue is still considered controversial today.One controversial aspect is whether or not same sex relationships is a choice. In some countries it is assumed that lack of availability to women is a factor for why men may be attracted to other men. However, among all cultures there are same-sex relationships even when there is not a shortage of opposite sex partners. This inconsistency has caused many to question cultural assumptions. Another issue is the assumption of male superiority that many cultures portray. Men are expected to be masculine and women feminine. Men considered less masculine are seen as being less manly, while women who seem less feminine are assumed to be trying to take over the man’s masculinity. With thsinbeing said, many men and women fear the discrimnatory remarks they may recieve if openly defying the cultural norm.