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Understanding the cultures of sexual orientation

Understanding the cultures of sexual orientation.
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Sexual Orientation” refers to romantic inclinations or desired sexual activity one has with other individuals. As a culture that was predominantly silent throughout history however research has shown it has existed in varying degrees of openness for many centuries.

The term sexual preference was used in the late 20th century by gay rights advocates promoting the view that each person should have the right to seek out the partner they prefer, whether of the opposite sex or the same sex. “Sexual orientation” is now preferred by most gay rights advocates for its emphasis on fixed sexual identity, as well as countering the charge by some that their sexuality is a choice, although both terms still see use.

Sexual orientation cultures have to predominant schools. The “straight” community and the GLBT community. Straight refers to the community of individuals favoring the opposite gender for sexual activity. GLBT is an acronym for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. The GLBT community has banded together in order to speak as one voice in demanding acceptance through cultural norms or legislative action.

Predominant subcultures:

Straight - the focus is primarily a person of the opposite sex

Gay - male preferring male.

Lesbian - female preferring female.

Bisexual - gender of partner does not matter.

Asexual - the absence of romantic or sexual inclination.

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