Sexual Orientation and the Stereotypes

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Submitted: November 30, 2017

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Sexual Orientations: 

Stereotypes

 

There are many sexual orientations, and it's important, now more than ever, to know as much as you can about such a controversial topic. In the past, anybody who had a different sexual orientation that homosexual were looked at disdainfully, in disgust, or simply ignored. They weren't treated well in the work place either and had to hide their sexuality so they would not get fired. Despite this, many homosexual, bisexual, etc. people in history have been successful. Take Sally Ride, for example. Not only was she the first American women in space, an influential member of NASA, and the founder of an association that encourages young girls to pursuit S.T.E.M. jobs, but she was also bisexual.

 

Heterosexual

Prefix: "hetero-"

Prefix's meaning: "other" or "different"

This is, as you may know, the most convential sexual orientation. Meaning that one is attracted to people of the opposite gender, it is interchangable with the term "straight".

Stereotype #1:

The man must always be the dominant person in the relationship.

This is blending a bit of a gender convention and a heterosexual sterotype, but nonetheless it is not true. There's a different between a man being a gentlemen and a man being the one who makes all the decisions.

Stereotype #2:

Men work and the women are the homemakers. 

 

This is also a mix of many stereotypes and is also false. There are many instances where both individuals work or the woman works and the man is the homemakers. It all depends on the specific couple.

 

Homosexual

Prefix: "homo-"
 
Prefix's meaning: "same" 
 
A homosexual is a person that is attracted to people of the same gender. "Gay" or "lesbian" is another word to describe a homosexual man or woman, respectively. It is one of the most stereotyped orientations.
 
Stereotype #1: 
In a homosexual relationship, there must always must be a more feminine individual and a more masculine individual.
 
No! Homosexuality has aboslutely nothing to do with physical stature and there are no rules saying that there must be a more feminine individual and a more masculine individual in a partnership. 
 
Stereotype #2: 
Homosexual males always dress stylishly and speak in a specific way.
 
Of course not! If a man is homosexual, that doesn't mean he has to have good taste in clothes. If a man is not homosexual, that does not mean he does not have good taste in clothes either. The same is for speech. It's important to remember that sexuality is not a box limiting likes and dislikes, and that everybody is their own person. 
 
Stereotype #3: 
Homosexual males love drama.
 
Again, not always true. Every person is different and orientation doesn't define these differences. 
 

Bisexual

Prefix: "bi-"

Prefix's meaning: "two"

Bisexuality is used to describe a person who is attracted to both those of the opposite sex and those of the same sex.

 

Stereotype #1: 

Bisexuals are just going through a phase.

 

No, bisexuality is not "phase". Just . . . no.  It's insulting to people that are bisexual to say that it's temporary. People can't control their orientation.

 

Stereotype #2:

Bisexual people are more likely to cheat than other people.

 

This is untrue, again. This characteristic is unique to every single person, and bisexuality does not affect a person's decision to cheat or not.

 

Asexual

Prefix: "a-"

Prefix's meaning: "not" or "without"

If a person is asexual, he/she is not attracted to either men or women. 

Sterotype #1:

Asexuals are cold people.

 

Sure, sometimes asexuals happen to be cold, but it's not because of their orientation! It's wrong to assume things like this before getting to know the person.

 

Stereotype #2: 

Asexuals can't develop a deep relationship.

 

For people who are asexual, it isn't neccesarily impossible for them, but it does take a little more from each person because the pysical attachment isn't there. In some ways though, asexual relationships can become very strong because there needs to be a higher level of emotional connection to overcome the lack of touch. 

 

Stereotype #3:

Asexuals think they are better than people of other orientations.

 

I think this is one of the most outrageous out there. People don't get the luxury of choosing their sexuality, and anyone of an orientatin other than "straigt" know this better than anyone. It's hard to be different, especially in such a way that is associated with so many negative undertones. 

 

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Griffey, Frances. "The Various Types of Sexuality: Explained." Her Campus at Cal
Poly, Her Campus Media, 2017, www.hercampus.com/school/cal-poly/
various-types-sexuality-explained. Accessed 1 Dec. 2017.

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