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Thread: Males, Females and Choice in Sexuality

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    I have done a little reading of psychology texts for fun and have stumbled across an interesting and reoccurring belief when it comes to choice in sexuality. It seems as though the general consensus regarding choice is that men have much less choice in their sexual preferences when compared to women. In other words, for a man, their sexual drives develop without a lot of conscious choice, whereas for women, there is choice as to preferences and choosing to live the associated lifestyle. I'm not sure if I agree with this, but I'm just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this issue. I know this hypothetically applies to homosexuality and I think fetishes, too. Do you agree with this idea and do you think that the same applies to infantilism?

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    I don't know if I agree with it or not....but I will say that if it is true, then it would definitely make sense in regard to infantilism. I mean, there are of course other reasons why there are so many more male infantilists than female ones, but this would play into that as well. After all, it's kind of hard to picture why the average person would want to wear diapers and act like a baby.

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    An interesting theory really and this isnt the first time Ive heard it. but i think theres a little more thought put into it. For example i started out liking girls. alot actually (which apparently means im confused and will switch back eventually). but after a year i became bored and switch to males.

    With fetishes its more of what you grew up around and a few hundred other factors.

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    It basically comes down to the fact that men have a "manly" image to uphold, as expected by society. Turning to homosexuality isn't widely accepted as part of that image.

    Women, however, don't have any real image to conform to and in that regard are more free to live out the lifestyle they want.

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    The phenomenon which you are referring to is referred to by psychologists as sexual plasticity, and, according to research in the field of sexual study, is supposedly greater in females than in males. Psychologists aren't sure of exactly why this occurs, but it appears to be beyond the influence of conscious thought, at least not much, if at all.

    Now, we can see the results of this in the statistics regarding - what else - sexual fetishes. Surveys report that the majority of sexual fetishists are men. This would support the claim that men are more "set" in their ways when it comes to sex. Additionally, men are more likely to initiate sex, think about sex more often, and on a more physical level than do women, which might have something to do with it.

    When it comes to homosexuality, the percent of male homosexuals (3-5 %) in the US is around twice as large as the percentage of female homosexuals (2-4 %). However, since we're talking about choice here, I think it's important to note that less than 1 % of both males and females report being actively bisexual. Whether or not men have less choice than women, there appears to be little choice either way, despite the statistical disparity between men and women on the topic.

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    well, i once posted a brief theory on sexuality, but if focused mainly on peoples choice of bisexuality. it all boiled down to a fading barrier between masculinity and femininity. though the psychological aspect make plenty of sense to me too.

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    I can definitely say that there was never any choice in the matter of homosexuality within myself and or infantilism. It happened when I hit puberty. It might have to do with my childhood but I'm still in the works of that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post
    I don't know if I agree with it or not....but I will say that if it is true, then it would definitely make sense in regard to infantilism. I mean, there are of course other reasons why there are so many more male infantilists than female ones, but this would play into that as well. After all, it's kind of hard to picture why the average person would want to wear diapers and act like a baby.
    Hello Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukie View Post
    It basically comes down to the fact that men have a "manly" image to uphold, as expected by society. Turning to homosexuality isn't widely accepted as part of that image.

    Women, however, don't have any real image to conform to and in that regard are more free to live out the lifestyle they want.
    Women don't have an image to conform to? We're not so very far removed from the days of the Suffragettes, you know.

    If anything the social expectation on women has been even stronger than men - stay at home, cook, clean, raise the kids, look after the husband: all very heterosexual, and in accordance with gender roles. Until relatively recently there was less choice for women as to their pursuit of a lifestyle as the options simply weren't open to them and they were pushed into roles by their families. If men are burdened with the expected roles of breadwinners and leaders, women are equally burdened with expectations of nurture and motherhood - two sides of the same coin of a traditional, nuclear and very much straight family.

    The expectation on both sexes isn't as clearly defined as it once was and things, mercifully, aren't quite as rigid as that anymore but I don't think there has ever been a larger pressure on men than there has on women to be 'normal'. Certainly not to the extent that it has defined their sexuality to a greater extent.

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    Sexuality isn't a choice. Which sort of makes this thread pretty null and void, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaiden View Post
    Women don't have an image to conform to? We're not so very far removed from the days of the Suffragettes, you know.

    If anything the social expectation on women has been even stronger than men - stay at home, cook, clean, raise the kids, look after the husband: all very heterosexual, and in accordance with gender roles. Until relatively recently there was less choice for women as to their pursuit of a lifestyle as the options simply weren't open to them and they were pushed into roles by their families. If men are burdened with the expected roles of breadwinners and leaders, women are equally burdened with expectations of nurture and motherhood - two sides of the same coin of a traditional, nuclear and very much straight family.

    The expectation on both sexes isn't as clearly defined as it once was and things, mercifully, aren't quite as rigid as that anymore but I don't think there has ever been a larger pressure on men than there has on women to be 'normal'. Certainly not to the extent that it has defined their sexuality to a greater extent.
    You missed the context of my post.



    It basically comes down to the fact that men have a "manly" image to uphold, as expected by society. Turning to homosexuality isn't widely accepted as part of that image. Women, however, don't have any real image to conform to and in that regard are more free to live out the lifestyle they want.
    "In that regard" ... meaning, in terms of sexuality. I wasn't talking in terms of stay-at-home-mums, or the household cleaner, etc...

    My context was regarding purely to sexuality, particularly the freedoms women have in being homosexual. Lesbianism, to me, seems like a much more accepted thing than male-male relationships.

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