Discussion PostDefining Sexual Orientation:
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Savin-Williams presents three different ways of defining sexual orientation (sexual/romantic attraction, sexual behavior, and sexual identity) and points out that there is often inconsistency among these three considerations. What are the implications of this inconsistency for our understanding of the origins of sexual orientation? If you were a researcher how would you define sexual orientation? Why?
- The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid: https://www.americaninstituteofbisexuality.org/thekleingrid
- Reading: Savin-Williams, R. C. (2006). Who’s Gay? Does It Matter? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15(1), 40-44. (PDF)
- Video: TED iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay (18 mins) http://www.ted.com/talks/io_tillett_wright_fifty_shades_of_gay.html