Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Continuum for Classification By: Carlie Coates

     Sexuality is a term many would describe as who someone is attracted to.  Personally, this is still an extremely broad definition.  To me, I would add more to this meaning.  I would continue to say, that sexuality is also the state of sexual influence and how much a person is concerned with being sexual.  Sexuality is a word that can be defined many different ways, and it can also be tested through a means of many different scales.  Each scale will most likely focus on a specific component of sexuality, making them all unique, beneficial, and quite possibly accurate.  However, one of these scales is quiet interesting.

     The Kinsey scale is a spectrum that determines where an individual is orientated based on heterosexual and homosexual relations.  This scale was developed in 1948 by a group of researchers who wanted to break the social-norm that classified people as either strictly heterosexual or strictly homosexual[1].  When learning about the process the Kinsey team went through with gathering data, I found it admirable since society, at that time, had a lack of interest and knowledge about the true understanding of sexuality.  A dedicated scientist was in the minority and he wanted to help overcome societal bounds, and ended up deepening the intelligence of a man and a woman’s sexual behaviors. 

     Even though the scale was created over sixty years ago, the relevance and importance it possesses are still applied to people today.  Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, and Clyde Martin truly grasped a significant topic and made it vital that society know about their learnings[2].  From 1948 to the modern day, the Kinsey scale is much more accurate than the gender binary.  The gender binary is a narrow classification that places a person on a masculine or feminine side and does not consider anything in-between[3].  The Kinsey scale reinforces that individuals do not have to fit into the gender binary, but rather they can prosper freely as an “in-between.”  The Kinsey scale was assembled in a difficult period when dealing with sexuality.  However, the scale that was created shows that society normally falls within a heterosexual/homosexual range regardless of the time period, and without the discovery of the Kinsey scale, the gender binary could have been the main scale used today.


[1]"The Kinsey Institute - Kinsey Sexuality Rating Scale." The Kinsey Institute - Kinsey Sexuality Rating Scale. (accessed April 15, 2014). 
[2] "The Kinsey Institute - Kinsey Sexuality Rating Scale." The Kinsey Institute - Kinsey Sexuality Rating Scale. (accessed April 15, 2014).
[3] Moore, Crystal. “The Role of Sex and Gender in Sexual History.” Lecture. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, January 14, 2014.

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