Human Sexuality

Axia College University of Phoenix
May 30th, 2010
Cheyenne Hall

Sexual orientation includes a persons’ attraction to another person, as well as a persons’ interest in starting a romantic relationship with another person. There are two types of sexual orientation, heterosexuality and homosexuality.
Heterosexuality is the more commonly known form of sexual orientation. This is when a person of one sex is physically attracted to, and wishes to form a relationship with a person of the opposite sex. The more commonly known term for heterosexuality is “straight,” or the relationship between a man and woman or woman and man.
Homosexuality is the other type of sexual orientation. Homosexuality occurs when a person of one sex is physically attracted to someone of the same sex.   By definition, “Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior among members of the same sex. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions primarily to" people of the same sex; "it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them.”   According to,   “Homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation, along with bisexuality and heterosexuality, within the heterosexual-homosexual continuum. The now longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality per se is an example of normal and positive variation within human sexual orientation. Currently the most common adjectives in use to describe someone who is homosexual are lesbian for women and gay for men, though gay can refer to either men or women.” As for the sexual orientation between homosexuals versus heterosexuals, many heterosexuals believe that a person who is...