Chapter

Sexuality 101

Jacques Balthazart

in The Biology of Homosexuality

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199838820
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.003.0010
Sexuality 101

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the four dimensions of human sexuality: firstly, the type of specific action patterns that are produced by the individual (performance) and the motivation underlying the expression of these behaviors; secondly, the orientation of the behavior and of sexual fantasies associated with it (sexual orientation); thirdly, the sexual identity that the individual believes he or she has; and finally, the sexual role that the individual plays in society. It then turns to a discussion of homosexuality and bisexuality.

Keywords: human sexuality; homosexuality; bisexuality; sexual orientation; sexual identity; sexual role

Chapter.  3490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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