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04 April 2011

Development of sexual identity

The development of sexual identity involves issues related to the overall physical identity, gender identity and sexual orientation of the individual.

The development of sexual identity involves issues related to the overall physical identity, gender identity and sexual orientation of the individual.

  • our feelings of intimate and sexual attraction,
  • our ability to make sense of these feelings and integrate them as aspects of who we are, and
  • how we learn to express our sexuality.

When an infant is born, many assumptions are made about the identity of the child based on her/his physical body (as determined by the biological sex organs) and how she/he is to behave in society as a female/male (ie. her/his gender roles).

  • Sex or biological sexual identity refers to our biological sex, as determined by chromosomes and sexual organs.
  • Gender identity is our identification with male or female gender roles and behaviours.
  • Sexual orientation is our emotional, romantic or sexual feelings of attraction to others.

 
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