Some Terms

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Some Terms
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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 9:26pm

I see a lot of people use the terms "sexual orientation" interchangeably with "sexual identity." I have always believed that while sexual orientation refers to what gender(s) one is attracted to, "sexual identity" would refer to things like "bdsm'er" or "rubber lover" or "chaste but sensual" or something like that. Not about who you are attracted to but about what you like to do.

Thoughts?

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Tue, 09-15-2009 - 11:09pm
For me, I've used "sexual orientation" to mean whether or not you were straight, bi or gay. I've used "sexual identity" to mean whether or not you were male, female, transgendered, or intersexed. Others may use the terms differently.
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Registered: 04-26-2008
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 9:15am
Would say I'm with sisterhoney on this one






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Wed, 09-16-2009 - 10:38am
For me, it's similar to what sisterhoney said. Sexual orientation is whether you're bi, straight, gay, etc. I consider sexual identity to be what gender a person identifies with psychologically. For most people, it would correspond with their biological sex unless they're an hemaphrodite or have gender-identity disorder.
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Registered: 06-13-2008
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 5:38pm
What the 3 of you call sexual identity I call gender identity. Same concept, different label, is all. Gender identity was the term that was used when I was in college and first learned about hermaphrodites and other intersex phenomena.
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