Types of sexual orientation
Over the years, the notion of sexual orientation has changed drastically. While previously, the classification was â€˜categoricalâ€™ in nature, it is now expected to exist on a â€˜continuumâ€™. This means that homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually exist on a single spectrum â€“ on one extreme, the person is 100% homosexual and on the other, the person is 100% heterosexual. Sexual orientations, such as heterosexuality, heteroflexible, bisexual, homoflexible, and homosexual fall on this spectrum. However, for the sake of understanding the concepts, we will use categorical classification to learn about various possible orientations. Some common ones, with their representative symbols, are shown below.
Heterosexual: Sexual attraction to the opposite gender at all times and occasions; Eg. Male attracted to female.
Heteroflexible: Sexual attraction to the opposite gender at most times and occasions; Eg. Male attracted to females most of the time, but sometimes attracted to males.
Bisexual: Sexual attraction to both the genders at an almost equal proportion; Eg. Male attracted to females as well as males.
Homoflexible: Sexual attraction to the same gender at most times and occasions; Eg. Male attracted to males most of the time, but sometimes attracted to females.
Homosexual: Sexual attraction to the same gender at all times and occasions (Gay- Male; Lesbian â€“ Female); Eg. Male attracted to a male.
Asexual: Sexual attraction to no gender at all. Eg. Male attracted to neither males, nor females.
Pansexual/Fluid: Sexual attraction not limited to the personâ€™s gender; also known as â€˜Gender-blindâ€™. Eg. Male attracted to males, females, transgender, agender etc. They are distinct from bisexual, in the fact that bisexual includes attraction to only two genders, but pansexual is inclusive of a lot many genders.
Questioning: An individual, still discovering and figuring out his/her sexual orientation, is known as â€˜Questioningâ€™. Eg. A male not sure of the gender heâ€™s attracted to.
This list is not exhaustive. Sexual orientation terminology is being revised almost every few years. New terminology, such as Demisexual, Sapiosexual, Polysexual, Graysexual, Androgynsexual, Androsexual, Pomosexual, Skoliosexual, Autosexual, etc. The essence of sexual orientation, lies in individual differences â€“ There are no fixed categories, which can accommodate the experiences of all the individualsâ€™ sexual orientations.
Sexual orientation and mental health
Homosexuality was once a mental disorder, according to DSM (Diagnostic statistical manual of mental disorder). It ceased to be one, since 1973. Since that time, all sexual orientations are ideally supposed to enjoy same treatment.Reality, however, is far from it. The illustration clearly shows a lesbian couple being ostracised, while they do nothing but walk away in shame and hurt.
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