Sexual Orientation: An Intertextual Analysis

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According to the book person’s sexual orientation is one’s erotic, romantic and affectional attraction to the same gender, to the other gender or to both. (Pg 370). Questioning is when you go through a period where you’re not sure where you fall in terms of sexual orientation. This is a very confusing time for any young man or women. Someone questioning is someone for whom the question, "Are you gay or lesbian? Are you straight? Are you queer or bisexual? What's your deal?" is one that, at a given time, isn't one they feel they can answer or want to answer in any definitive or solid way. Sometimes people who are questioning may never have had an answer about their orientation or may never have identified otherwise; others have known their orientation …show more content…
One would be actually understanding what’s going on. Someone may have grown up there whole life thinking they were this person or sexual orientation, and for that to suddenly be in question can be scary. They might have just been going along with social norms and not even addressing their feelings. Dealing with the backlash of being “questioning”, for young men I believe it is harder. People are more willing to accept women as having different sexual orientations, however for men in society that is not the case. A man would face the challenge of people saying he is not a real man, even maybe backlash from his parents. He/she might be treated differently, his/her family also might not agree with it and completely cut them off. Prejudices exist everywhere the family is not immune to that. Telling the family can also be a problem or challenge, many believe telling the family can be extremely difficult, a lot of people that are questioning their sexual orientation choose not to even tell their family and just keep it to themselves. Parents are often the last to know. The relationships he or she has might change as in they don’t accept it or they ignore it. Friends might not associate with that person anymore. There are even times when the families don’t associate with their child …show more content…
Which makes them feel like they’re doing something wrong, which could it turn make them feel like they are the problem. Ways that others might be able to help with this process would first to just have an open mind, or make yourself be more open minded. If someone questioning feels your presence of non-acceptance they will feel put off, as if their doing something wrong. Another way could be as a friend being there for them, maybe helping them sort out what their feeling, seeing as how something it is hard to understand what is going

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