Or Sexual Orientation
Adult sexuality probably starts in childhood. However, sexuality is not fixed, it matures and develops gradually. A variety of biological and genetic factors help people to develop their sexual orientation, but no one fully understands exactly what determines a person's sexual orientation.
Sexual Desire is the attractions people have for sexual partners and experiences that exist independent of people's behaviors.
The male and female sex drives are NOT identical. Studies consistently show that sexual desire for women is more sensitive to the context such as meaningful or intimate connection. The most men seek more sex than most women throughout most of the life span, and they are more easily aroused by visual stimulation than are most women.
Types of sexuality
There are a few common sexual orientations such as homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality at the societal and personal level.
- Homosexuality: is the sexual attraction between members of the same sexes such as males to males and females to females. They surveyed about 3,400 respondents, 91 percent of men and 95 percent of women claimed to be heterosexual
- Bisexuality: is the sexual attraction to both the opposite and same sexes such as males to males and females to females, females to females and females to males. 5 percent of men and 3 percent of women claimed to be bisexual
- Heterosexuality: is the sexual attraction between members of the opposite sexes such as males attracts to females and females attracts to males sexually. Only 2 percent of males and 0.9 percent of females identified themselves as homosexual
- Asexuality: is also known as no sexuality which is the lack of sexual attraction and sexual interest towards others.
- Polysexuality: is the sexual attraction to more than one gender but do not wish to be known as bisexual as it implies that there are only two binary sexes, do not confuse this with pansexuality
- Pansexuality: is the sexual attraction towards people regardless of gender also known as omnisexuality, some pansexual refer to themselves as gender blind as to them gender is insignificant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.
- Transsexualism: is when a person identifies themselves with a physical sex that is different to their own biological one, a medical diagnosis can be made if a person experiences discomfort as a result of a desire to be a member of the opposite sex. For example a person may be born male, and is uncomfortable with their gender as a male and changes to a female, or a female may change to a male.
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