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Sexual Modularity in Sex, Gender, and Orientation

15 Sep

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time.” This statement rings particularly true in the realm of sexual diversity. Most people find it rather difficult to reconcile the incredibly modular and often self-contradictory nature of our sexual personalities. We struggle to appreciate the beautiful tapestries woven from opposing threads of romantic desire, erotic fantasy, sexual behavior, and gendered identity. Instead, humans tend to force our sexual understandings into stringent categories, we label people as simply male or female, gay or straight, faithful or adulterous. Most of us are disturbed by inconsistent information about a person’s sexuality, and we don’t like it when the sexual categories we prefer to use are violated or even just a little bit blurred.
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in General

 

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