What influences our exploration of our own sexuality?

1. Individual self-exploration

Sexual orientation identification can develop at any stage in life. For example, in the process of exploring bisexual identity, individuals will first realize that they can be attracted to one of the two genders, and then gradually realize that they are also attracted to the other gender in the subsequent life events. develop interest.

For me, identification is a process of “subtraction”. From finding out I’m not straight, to finding out I’m not gay, to an open possibility. Then I put a name on this “possibility” and called it “bisexuality,” which is the result of summing up my own ten years of experience.

2. Curiosity

Much of this curiosity arises from being influenced by the relevant group, which then leads to a new exploration of one’s own sexuality. Positive impressions about a new sexual orientation are positively reinforced in his mind through a certain environment, which may lead to the formation of the new sexual orientation.

How could they love each other so much! What the girl said, her girlfriend immediately followed up with what she was going to say; or their very intimate interaction, the kind of coquetry, slapstick, etc… I think this is a very special and deep relationship. I was a little taken aback. I think this should be my ideal relationship, so I look back at my boyfriend, ‘Why am I with you? You don’t know me at all.” I never thought that I would have desires for girls, it was completely unimaginable; but when I saw how good their relationship was, I also wanted to try and see what it was like. Before, I didn’t understand what the relationship between girls had to do with love, but after I put the imagination of love in my mind, it became so fast again.

3. Gender role stereotypes

Gender role stereotypes refer to people’s expectations, requirements, and general beliefs about men and women in terms of behavior, personality traits, etc. That said, people tend to agree that men and women should behave in certain ways to be “normal.”

In a heterosexual-dominated social culture, there are also various gender role stereotypes in love relationships. For example, individuals believe that men should be brave and strong, and they must take the initiative to protect women in love relationships. They should even be responsible for anything big or small in the relationship and become women’s support; women are weak and relatively passive, they need to be protected, and they only need to accept the favor from men.

This stereotype confers the role status of men and women in love, and although it is not a manifestation of all love relationships, this stereotype maintains a heterosexual orientation.

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