SEXUALITY- IDENTITY

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  • IDENTITY
    • GENDER
    • SOCIAL CLASS
    • ETHNICITY
    • AGE
    • DISABILITY
    • SEXUALITY
      • FEMINISTS concerned with how women portrayed through their sexuality
      • sexual identity more important for homosexuals (gays)
        • WEEKS: not many people would feel need to state they're heterosexual (straight) as gays would
          • WEEKS: "sexual identity is a strange thing + more complex than other aspects of identity"
          • PLUMMER: created concept 'homosexual career'/ accept label + seek out others + join subculture where stereotypical behaviour is the norm
        • MCINTOSH: in Western culture, expectation + role of homosexual male= have higher voice + more attention to appearance// Once male has accepted label of 'homosexual', he'll begin to fulfill these expectations/label creates behaviour- link to BECKER LABELLING THEORY
        • RICH (1989): 1. women's sexuality oppressed by men/patriarchal society/through institutions (eg. marriage)          2. "Compulsory heterosexuality'- women socialised into heterosexuality to ensure their availability to men              3. Most women born homosexual/men created homophobic view as it's a threat to male dominance
      • Changes towards sexuality
        • attitudes changed in last 30yrs- homosexuality no longer viewed as a 'condition'
        • Equality Act 2010: unlawful to discriminate against individual regarding sexuality
        • Age of consent for sexual intercourse= equalised in 2000
    • NATIONALITY

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