Personal Response on Sexual Identity

When I begin to reflect on my thoughts and feelings regarding my own sexual identity, I face a dilemma I imagine is common for many; namely, that how I perceive my own sexual being is so inextricably connected with my sense of myself, it is difficult to isolate it as a distinct facet of who I am.  In plain terms, gender and sexuality are so infused within individual being, there can be no truly valid separation of them from the self.  Some of this, I believe, is certainly an effect of cultural influences, which are amplified as being maintained historically.  Added to this is the inescapable fact that individuals shape the culture just as they are influenced by it.  Then, further complicating the arena is the reality that personal sexual perceptions vary as men and women mature, and their needs and circumstances change.  The entire subject is essentially vastly complex and, as I mentioned, I think this is true for most of us.

Medicine and Health

Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Identity Formation: Intersection of Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation


The article discusses the childhood sexual abuse among the heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or queer and its casual effects on their psychological behaviors that conceptualize a sexual identity. Authors attempted to investigate whether there is a relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and non-heterosexual as a sexual identity. They found that non-heterosexual is linked to mental health issues than is linked to childhood sexual abuse issues. It is said, that individuals who experienced trauma from sexual acts are usually difficult to define because there are a varying range of non-consensual sex or rape that cannot be define interchangeably. For example, in a normative society in which we live, once thought, that once a person considered a non-heterosexual it would extend the beyond reasoning for the person becoming a non-heterosexual is the reason for the impact traumatic sexual experience with someone of the same sex. While, Dietz (2001) suggested that a heterosexist framework in which defines of a person who may be assumed that he or she is a heterosexual unless he or she experienced an impact or a traumatic event that changes his or her sexual identity.