I am doing OK although I am very worried about my school work. I am trying to prepare for my mock exams and do my best as much as possible – but there are these few subjects which I k now I will not be able to master!!
I will not really leave you in the coming 3 weeks due to my exams because I love you so much and would like to keep bringing you something interesting to read – even if it’s not on a day-today basis. I tend to write long passages so this should be enough lol
For the upcoming days, I will be posting some research done about sexual identity. Every post will cover a certain aspect. This is such a huge topic, I understand, so I will only post a little about it. It will be like a summary of what is more or less the most relevant. I hope that through this, we all become a bit more understanding.
I realize that it is often not us, but the ‘straight’ people who need some lessons around sexuality because of their ignorance.
People as unique as most of us are often quite knowledgeable about these stuff because we’re smarter, and we are also much more curious and willing to learn!
But anyway, I hope you enjoy the read and feel free to make any comment or open any discussion…
It is my hope that some confused people (like me) would read this and get something valuable out of it or some ignorant people would also come across it and maybe become more understanding… *sigh*
PS: All the material I’ll post is found online (reliable sources) and nothing belongs to me.
So here we go. Let’s talk about sex! =P
What is sexuality?
The scientific study of sexual interests, behavior, and function
(According to Alfred Kinsey, regarded as modern founder and father of “sexology”)
This can be considered our ‘packaging’ and is determined by our chromosomes (XX for females; XY for males); our hormones (estrogen/progesterone for females, testosterone for males); and our internal and external genitalia (vulva, clitoris, vagina for females, penis and testicles for males). About 1.7% of the population can be defined as intersexual - born with biological aspects of both sexes to varying degrees. So, in actuality, there are more than two sexes.
This is determined by our sexual and emotional attractions. Categories of sexual orientation include homosexuals (gay/lesbian), attracted to some members of the same sex; bisexuals, attracted to some members of more than one sex; and heterosexuals, attracted to some members of another sex. Orientation is influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics and hormones, as well as unknown environmental factors. Though the origins of sexuality are not completely understood, it is generally believed to be established before the age of five.
This is how we perceive and what we call ourselves. Such labels include: lesbian, gay, bisexual, bi, queer, questioning, heterosexual, straight, and others. Sexual Identity evolves through a developmental process that varies depending on the individual. Our sexual behavior and how we define ourselves (identity) can be chosen. Though some people claim their sexual orientation is also a choice, for others this does not seem to be the case.