Human Sexuality And Sexual Orientation

1544 Words Nov 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Few aspects of human behavior excite as much interest and controversy as sexual orientation. In cultures and societies today, as well as in the past, there is usually an emphasis on a specific orientation as a norm, and typically heterosexuality is perceived as such. This in turn generates a wide range of reaction to homosexuality, from its being seen as “unnatural” in moral terms, to ideas of it as threatening the stability of a culture. In recent years, however, new perspectives are emerging which strongly support that sexual orientation is by no means so easily defined, and that, when social parameters on sexual behaviors are set aside, the reality is that most people are not strictly heterosexual or homosexual. In the following, then, it is proposed that human sexuality is not inherently reflective of one form of attraction or another, nor may it be correctly assessed in terms of social and cultural influences. Sexual orientation is instead a fluid element in the lives of most people, and a spectrum of orientation exists in which individuals experience differences in their sexuality at different stages of life.
Traditional Views of Sexuality Before the reality of sexuality as being fluid may be understood, it is first necessary to recognize how cultures have traditionally established norms virtually insisting on heterosexuality as essential to a society 's well being, just as other cultures have maintained less rigid ideologies. The former point, to begin with, is…
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