So, I have talked about this sooooo many times, and I know I will continue to mention this. There is this thing called the "Gay-Straight" scale. It is a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being super straight and 10 being uber gay. Very few people are either one or the other. Most people are somewhere in the middle and are just closer to one side or the other. Like me, I consider myself a lesbian, however on the scale I'm probably about an 8.7-9.5 I hope that this has cleared up some confusions of "am I gay?" or of "I'm attracted to [insert gender here] but I'm straight/gay" I really hope this helped.
I don't see why that should make it any easier, people still need to figure out where they fit on that scale and besides their position on that scale will change with time. But I don't agree that barely anyone, if anyone, is a 1 or a 10, however I think it should really be 1 to a google (a number with a billion zeros), with sections and subsections, although your version is a lot less complicated.
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I'm not working the boards today, but just wanted to clarify a couple things on this.
The scale you're referring to is actually called "The Kinsey Scale." That's important, especially given his understanding of how few people are 100% heterosexual or 100% homosexual, and his desire for people to understand sexual orientation not as two poles, but as a continuum. I know that may seem like semantics, but I do think it's really important.
And while I just said as much, it is accurate to say that Kinsey's finding -- as other sexuality studies have found -- showed that, indeed, most people on that scale are NOT 0's or 10's -- it goes 0-10, not 1-10.
Additionally, moonlight, you may appreciate that since the time the Kinsey Scale was developed, other tools have been designed to address factors like the fact that time, and all the life we live in it, is an important factor. There's some information on the Klein Grid, for instance, here.
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That may be because the Kinsey Scale actually goes from 0 to 6, not 0 to 10 (Heather may have mistyped). There's more information on the Kinsey scale here. It is possible that there are other scales, and there are certainly other methods of "measuring" orientation - for lack of a better word - which address other factors which may have an effect on how a person identifies, but the Kinsey Scale does exist.
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