A Conversation on Gender and Sexuality

Alfred Kinsey shocked the world by announcing that 10% of the male population is gay in an early 1993 report. After further research by scientists, they found that it was actually 20% of people identified as queer. Have you ever questioned your sexuality? Your gender?

This past week I sat down with senior Willow Martin, and we discussed a few controversial, even uncomfortable topics. Willow is conservative and is from a small town predominately Catholic. I wanted to see how her opinions on sexuality and gender compared with my own. I organized these viewpoints in a column below, to visually portray our points: mine are on the left, and Willow’s are on the right. While I would say I have a substantial amount of knowledge on these topics, I encourage all my readers to go out and research what gender and sexuality really are and what they mean, because for each and every person they could be something totally different.

“Gender roles are not set in stone,” may seem very politically biased, but there is science to back it up.

Source: ReachOut.com

You may have some questions after reading through both viewpoints and opinions and I encourage any and everyone to go and read articles about gender and sexuality. Here are some articles that I found to be a great explanation of gender and sexuality. For a quick definition of the words, I suggest ReachOut.com. This article is from a great organization based in Australia called Reach Out which helps tackle the problems many queer (meaning anyone other than cisgender and straight) people face, and help them figure out who they are. It will “help if you want to know the difference between ‘sex’, ‘sexuality’ and ‘gender’, you’re trying to understand your sexuality, you’re questioning your sex or gender.” (Source: ReachOut.com).

For a more scientific approach to understanding gender and sexuality, I recommend MedicalNewsToday.com . This article is from Medical News Today which contains scientific and source backup compared to the shorter definition from Reach Out. A quote really spoke out to me from the article and it said “Gender roles are not set in stone,” which may seem very politically biased but if you read the article you will see the science to back it up.

Talking with Willow this past week about gender and sexuality was an eye-opening experience as much as it was for Willow from what she said at the end of the conversation which was a hug and a “Have a good day!” That’s all any person ever needs…love.

XOXO Gossip Gay ❤

Author: Will Staley

Will Staley is currently a senior and this is his second year working for the Eye. This is also his second year living in Singapore, having moved from St. Louis, Missouri USA. Will enjoys photography and has a photography website (willstaleyphotography.com). He hopes to pursue photography and journalism for his college and career, while being involved in his passion of politics and humanitarian work. He can be contacted at staley774011@sas.edu.sg.

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Will,

    I wanted to write you and congratulate you on this GREAT article. Very informative and presented in a sharp, readable way! I also loved the links you provided and shared them widely with others. I found the report from the ASSAF group (linked on that IFL site) to be a fantastic find!

    Cheers Mr. Filice


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