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Sexual orientation is commonly discussed as if it were solely a characteristic of an individual, like biological sex, gender identity or age. This perspective is incomplete because sexual orientation is defined in terms of relationships with others. People express their sexual orientation through behaviors with others, including such simple actions as holding hands or kissing. Thus, sexual orientation is closely tied to the intimate personal relationships that meet deeply felt needs for love, attachment and intimacy. In addition to sexual behaviors, these bonds include nonsexual physical affection between partners, shared goals and values, mutual support, and ongoing commitment. Therefore, sexual orientation is not merely a personal characteristic within an individual. Rather, one's sexual orientation defines the group of people in which one is likely to find the satisfying and fulfilling romantic relationships that are an essential component of personal identity for many people.
If being gay is truly a choice, then people who attempt to change their orientation should be able to do so. But most people who are gay describe it as a deeply ingrained attraction that can't simply be shut off or redirected.
On that, studies are clear. Gay conversion therapy is ineffective, several studies have found, and the American Psychological Association now says such treatment is harmful and can worsen feelings of self-hatred.
For men, studies suggest that orientation is fixed by the time the individual reaches puberty. Women show greater levels of "erotic plasticity," meaning their levels of attraction are more significantly shaped by culture, experience and love than is the case for men. However, even women who switch from gay to straight lifestyles don't stop being attracted to women, according to a 2012 study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
originally posted by: Domo1
a reply to: Sremmos80
Don't lie, you do your straight affirmations in the mirror every morning like the rest of us.
I hate it when I'm in a rush in the morning, pull out of the driveway and realize I've forgotten to decide I'm straight and attach my penis for the day. Lately I've taken to just sleeping with it on and writing "straight" on it with a Sharpie so I don't make that mistake and try to conduct my business as less than a person.
originally posted by: ghostrager
a reply to: Darth_Prime
I don't see what's wrong with this. If an institution wants to deny business based on their morals they should have that right. Someone else will gain business from it anyways. I'm sure there are plenty of bake shops that will make a cake for a gay couple.
Besides, are you suggesting to force people to do things that they are morally against? Seems barbaric and oppressive to me. If someone was to deny me service because of their morals, I'd just go somewhere else and be happy to give my money to a business that won't.
originally posted by: Joneselius
Our minds try to trick us into thinking we're homosexual so we start avoiding other men and start acting all weirdly masculine, which makes you look homosexual hahaa.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: dukeofjive696969
so can't every other religious group....
can't wait for the muslim down at the 7/11 to start refusing to sell beer!! should be fun to watch!!!
originally posted by: Tjoran
Can't wait until Florida is underwater. Hope it's quick so they don't have a chance to spread to the rest of the states like a bad herpes outbreak.