Sexuality Is Defined By Sexual Orientation

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Sexuality is defined by “sexual orientation or preference” as well as the ability to understand the capacity of sexual desires. Same sex sexuality refers to sexual orientation also, but one’s preference towards someone of their same gender and the “erotic thoughts, feelings and behaviours” they assign to those of the same sex. Culturally, same sex sexuality is not always based on sexual ideals, acts that could be defined as being homosexual and appealing to those with same sex sexuality, often are only performed due to cultural traditions. These traditions place a strain on what cultures depict as same sex sexuality, thereby effecting cultural treatment of it.
Western cultures illustrate sexuality fairly simply. One is referred to as gay, lesbian or bisexual, inferring towards a man’s attraction to a man, a woman’s attraction to a woman and the attraction one can have to both sexes simultaneously. From the perspective of the American medical community, sexual orientation denotes to “a person’s sense of identity based on their membership within a community.” Thus, it is the values and beliefs of community culture that determine the acceptance or unacceptance of sexual attraction. Yet this argument is flawed: Western cultures express behaviours of same sex sexualities as being homosexual acts of homosexual people. Typically, this is not the case for acts of same sex sexualities in non-western cultures. In some cultures, Cardoso (2008) found that acts of same sex sexuality…
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