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The Biology of Homosexuality$
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Jacques Balthazart

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199838820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.001.0001

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Sexuality 101

Sexuality 101

The Basics

Chapter:
1 Sexuality 101
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The Biology of Homosexuality
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Jacques Balthazart

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.003.0010

This chapter begins with a discussion of the four dimensions of human sexuality: firstly, the type of specific action patterns that are produced by the individual (performance) and the motivation underlying the expression of these behaviors; secondly, the orientation of the behavior and of sexual fantasies associated with it (sexual orientation); thirdly, the sexual identity that the individual believes he or she has; and finally, the sexual role that the individual plays in society. It then turns to a discussion of homosexuality and bisexuality.

Keywords:   human sexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, sexual orientation, sexual identity, sexual role

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