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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Concepts of Female Sexual Orientation

Concepts of Female Sexual Orientation

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(p.3) 1 Concepts of Female Sexual Orientation
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
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Lisa M. Diamond

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0001

This chapter assesses the distinctive features of female same-sex sexuality and considers their implications for modeling the nature and development of female sexual orientation. After reviewing the state of current research on these directions, it outlines some of the most provocative and promising directions for future research. Of all of the preconceptions about sexual orientation that have been questioned and revised over the years, one of the most important is the presumption that female and male sexual orientation are parallel phenomena, with the same origins and outcomes. To the contrary, women’s greater propensity for nonexclusive, fluid patterns of attraction suggests the possibility that the underlying determinants of female same-sex sexuality may be quite different from those for men, requiring different explanatory models.

Keywords:   same-sex sexuality, female sexuality, attraction, women

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