sexual orientation

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sexual orientation

The direction of a person's sexual interest, as towards people of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both sexes.

sex′ual orienta′tion

one's natural preference for sexual partners of the opposite or same sex.

Sexual Orientation


AC/DC Bisexual; capable of being sexually aroused and satisfied by either sex. This slang term was coined by analogy to an electrical appliance which operates on either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). The phrase is often used non-judgment ally and appears to be losing even its slang stigma. Webster’s 6,000 Words (1976) cites R. H. Kuh:

… help the A.C./D.C. youngster to shape his actions in a heterosexual direction.

camp or campy See AFFECTATION.

kinky Perverse, deviant, or aberrant; sexually eccentric or depraved. This term’s sexual sense, derived from kink ‘flaw, abnormality,’ enjoys widespread, contemporary use in the United States. Its antonym is straight.

In a moment of excessively kinky passion a husband strangles his mistress. (Daily Telegraph, July, 1971)

peeping Tom A voyeur; one who achieves sexual gratification through clandestine observation of sexual activity. This expression is named for the 11th-century peeping Tom of Coventry, a tailor who, when he peeked at Lady Godiva as she rode naked through town in protest of increased taxes, was purportedly struck blind. The evolution of the expression’s current voyeuristic application is apparent.

switch hitter A bisexual. This recent American slang expression uses baseball terminology for a player who can bat from either side of the plate.

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I am confused by what the root causes of heterosexuality or homosexuality may be, but Will Perkins admits to no uncertainty.