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Sexual orientation
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Asexuality
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Heterosexuality
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Pansexuality Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about human beings who do not have interest in, or inclination towards, sexual behavior. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Pansexuality (sometimes referred to as omnisexuality[1]) is a sexual/affectional orientation characterized by a potential aesthetic attraction, romantic love and/or sexual desire for people of any sex or gender, including transsexual, transgendered, genderqueer and intersex people. ...

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Autosexuality
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Klein Sexual Orientation Grid
Paraphilia
Zoosexuality The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid attempts to further measure sexual orientation by expanding upon the earlier Kinsey scale which only considers from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up Zoosexuality in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Biology and sexual orientation
Demographics of sexual orientation
Non-human animal sexuality
Situational sexual behavior Sexuality researchers are often interested in homosexuality because there is evidence from twin studies that there is a biological involvement. ... // Measurement difficulties Measuring the prevalence of various sexual orientations (e. ... Animal sexual behavior takes many different forms, even within the same species. ... Situational sexual behavior is sexual behavior of a kind that is different from what is usual for that person (or from what that person normally exhibits) due to a social environment that permits, encourages, or compels those acts. ...

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The Kinsey scale attempts to measure sexual orientation, from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). It was first published in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others, and was also prominent in the complementary work Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953). Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behaviour, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ... Alfred Charles Kinsey (June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956), was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology who in 1947 founded the Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University Bloomington, now called the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. ... Wardell Baxter Pomeroy (December 6, 1913 - September 6, 2001) was an American sexologist and co-author with Alfred C. Kinsey. ... The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behaviour, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ...


Introducing the scale, Kinsey wrote:

Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories... The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.

While emphasizing the continuity of the gradations between exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual histories, it has seemed desirable to develop some sort of classification which could be based on the relative amounts of heterosexual and homosexual experience or response in each history... An individual may be assigned a position on this scale, for each period in his life.... A seven-point scale comes nearer to showing the many gradations that actually exist." (Kinsey, et al. (1948). pp. 639, 656)

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The scale is as follows:

Rating Description
0 Exclusively heterosexual
1 Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2 Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3 Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5 Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6 Exclusively homosexual

Findings

Kinsey reports

Main article: Kinsey Reports
  • Men: 11.6% of white males aged 20-35 were given a rating of 3 for this period of their lives.[1]
  • Women: 7% of single females aged 20-35 and 4% of previously married females aged 20-35 were given a rating of 3 for this period of their lives.[2] 2 to 6% of females, aged 20-35, were given a rating of 5[3] and 1 to 3% of unmarried females aged 20-35 were rated as 6.[4]

The Kinsey Reports are two books on human sexual behavior, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ...

References

  1. ^ Kinsey, et al. 1948. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Table 147, p. 651
  2. ^ Kinsey, et al. 1953. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, Table 142, p. 499
  3. ^ Ibid, p. 488
  4. ^ Ibid, Table 142, p. 499, and p. 474

The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behaviour, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ... The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behaviour, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ... Ibid (Latin, short for ibidem, the same place) is the term used to provide an endnote or footnote citation or reference for a source that was cited in the preceding endnote or footnote. ...

See also

The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid attempts to further measure sexual orientation by expanding upon the earlier Kinsey scale which only considers from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). ... Judith A. Reisman, Ph. ...

External links

  • Kinsey Institute home page
  • Kinsey's Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kinsey scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (276 words)
The Kinsey scale attempts to measure an individual's sexual orientation, from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual), in terms of the biological sex of their former sexual partners.
It was first published in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others, and was also prominent in the complementary work Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953).
Kinsey himself assumed that there were only four orientations: homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, and asexual; compare sexual orientation for examples of more complex views, and Homosexuality and transgender for a discussion on the problems of the terms homo- and heterosexual.
Kinsey Reports - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1418 words)
Kinsey was a zoologist at the Indiana University at Bloomington and the founder of the Institute for Sex Research.
Kinsey reported that most American males fell in the 1 to 2 range of the scale and that a large majority appeared to be at least somewhat bisexual (in the 1 to 5 range).
In a response to these criticisms, Paul Gebhard, Kinsey's successor as director of the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, spent years "cleaning" the Kinsey data of its purported contaminants, removing, for example, all material derived from prison populations in the basic sample.
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