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Cross-Cultural Variation in Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity

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Inter-cultural; Multicultural; Sexual attraction

Definition

The rich variability of sexual identities and expressions of sexual and romantic attractions exhibited in the social practices within and across different cultures around the world (Tskhay & Rule, 2015).

For the purpose of this entry, “West/Western” are used as umbrella terms referring to ideological and geographical associations with Europe, including countries and nations with strong European influence through colonization, immigration, and settlement, such as North America and Australia. Other terms (e.g., “non-Western”) are used to refer to countries and nations outside of Western regions and ideologies, such as Asia(n), Africa(n), and Indigenous nations. We acknowledge that these terms are geographically imprecise and may not accurately reflect the range and diversity of cultures and nations that exist within a geographical region.

Introduction

Sexual orientation most commonly refers to one’s romantic or sexual...

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Penniston, T.L., Chivers, M.L. (2022). Cross-Cultural Variation in Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity. In: Lykins, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59531-3_73-1

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