Human sexuality consists of a great variety of practices and identities pursued with differing levels of passion and vigour and which are classed with differing degrees of moral, political, and personal acceptance or opprobrium according to time and place (Laws & Donohue, 2008). While many cultures and moral/ethical systems assert that their boundaries around what is acceptable and what is not are drawn from some firmament of truth — be it ecclesiastical, pragmatic, natural, historical, etc. — practices and identities, nonetheless, inevitably vary and intersect in ways which people within those cultures may find difficult to comprehend. As cultural anthropologist Gayle Rubin writes,

Most people find it difficult to grasp that whatever they like to do sexually will be thoroughly repulsive to someone else, and that whatever repels them sexually will be the most treasured delight of someone, somewhere.


American Psychiatric Association Minority Stress Sexual Deviance Erotic Stimulus Hypersexual Disorder 
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