On Sexuality

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The Kinsey Scale

Sexuality, due to being gay, has played a massive role within my life, as well as those whom which I had shared intimate relations. As such, I have never had much quarrel in delving into the topic as young as 14 to 16. One of the first things I encountered in my reading was the Kinsey Scale, as seen above, whose name comes from Alfred Kinsey, who stated the following in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male:

Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. Not all things are black nor all things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.

Certainly, I can attest that to be relatively true, but actually, I have not always had a wonderful relationship with other homosexuals, merely due to our somewhat similar behaviors. What can really explain this? Dr. Fritz Klein may have had a better explanation than Alfred Kinsey on this matter.

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The Klein Sexuality Grid.

The Klein Sexuality Grid really delves a bit deeper into things that I think get us farther to the point. It more importantly includes the Emotional Preference, and Social Preference. But consider this, what if you used the variables for F and G on Social Preference? Can someone be a heterosexual male (or female) while also being deeply involved with Gay/Lesbian culture? Well, yes, actually, which may explain why I simply can’t walk into a gay bar and expect everyone in it to be my best friend based on ourselves both being gay (nor would I even encourage such forms of segregation in the first place), but rather one must also address the culture in which someone identifies as well. People do not inherently fit into neat little identities which explains them in several words.

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