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One's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither — how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth. External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
The Health of Sexual Minorities pp Cite as. Conceptually defining populations, such as those defined by race and ethnicity, and developing methods to identify members of those populations operationally have continually challenged researchers LaVeist, Today, as scientists begin to treat sexual orientation as a demographic variable like race and ethnicity, it is important to examine critically and clarify our conceptualizations of sexual orientation as well as critically examine measures used for operationally identifying the sexual orientation of research subjects.
This slang term was coined by analogy to an electrical appliance which operates on either alternating current AC or direct current DC. The phrase is often used non-judgment ally and appears to be losing even its slang stigma. Its antonym is straight. In a moment of excessively kinky passion a husband strangles his mistress.
The varying forms of these attractions are generally divided into the following categories:. Sexual identity and sexual behavior are closely related to sexual orientation, but they are distinguishable. People may or may not express their sexual orientation in their behaviors.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Sexual orientation also refers to a person's sense of identity based not just on those attractions, but also on related behaviors and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.
We are a welcoming faith. Language about sexual orientation and gender identity shifts and changes: new words are born; other words change meanings. Learning how different people use language to create meaning is important, as is using inclusive language ourselves.
Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction or a combination of these to persons of the opposite sex or genderthe same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender. These attractions are generally subsumed under heterosexualityhomosexualityand bisexuality  while asexuality the lack of sexual attraction to others is sometimes identified as the fourth category. These categories are aspects of the more nuanced nature of sexual identity and terminology. Androphilia describes sexual attraction to masculinity ; gynephilia describes the sexual attraction to femininity.
Archives of Sexual Behavior. How to define and identify sexual orientations for the purpose of constructing representative samples of homosexuals, bisexuals, and heterosexuals is unclear and confusing to researchers. Different definitions and measures have been proposed and used to develop samples since the s when sexual orientations first gained widespread research interest.