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Sexual Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Sexual identity has a least two meanings in the social sciences, both relating to inner convictions or claims about who and what we are. The first meaning refers to the various ways we see ourselves as male or female, and the second defines our sexuality or the kinds of erotic partners we prefer. These inner convictions usually begin with medical designations made about biological sex at birth, based on the appearance of genitalia and presence of certain chromosomes. Children are then raised as girls or ...

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