Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 491–493 | Cite as

The Rainbow Becomes a Spectrum

  • Meredith L. ChiversEmail author
Commentary on van Anders (2015)

Sexual orientation research has reached a crossroads as the very concept of what is a “sexual orientation” is being questioned (Vasey & Lalumière, 2012). At the Puzzle of Sexual Orientation workshop in 2010 (a group of sexuality scholars meeting every 5 years for the past 20 years), the definition of sexual orientation broadened to include multiple other dimensions, including age, sexual activity preferences, and asexuality, among others. As for the substrate of sexual orientation, what is being “oriented” (Diamond, 2003), toward what, and how, we collectively engaged the problem of how components of sexual orientations fit together, the dimensions upon which sexuality could and did vary, and how we could begin to renovate the construct of sexual orientation to better fit the totality of variation in human sexuality. What was lacking, I believe, was a framework to begin organizing these concepts. Enter van Anders’ (2015) Sexual Configurations Theory (SCT).

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Sexual Orientation Sexual Attraction Sexual Expression Sexual Response Pedophilia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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