What is heterosexual?

We explain what a heterosexual person is, sexuality and the arrival of Freud. In addition, the cure of sexual behaviors.

  1. What is heterosexual?

Heterosexual people have sexual attraction for people of a different sex than their own . The concept was first used in 1892, in an American magazine about sexual perversion. It is the opposite term to homosexuality.

To begin to explain the concept, it is necessary to be clear that, from the beginning of scientific research regarding the sexual behaviors of living beings , the concept of heterosexuality was not used to define what we know today as heterosexuality: sexual appetite of people by people of the opposite sex . That is, a heterosexual woman is attracted to men and the heterosexual man is attracted to women .

The first contact with the term homosexuality was used by some doctors who referred to possible treatments so that “heterosexuals and homosexuals become human beings with natural erotic inclinations and normal drives.” But it was not until 1892 that the American doctor Kiernan coined the term heterosexual to define the sexual behaviors of people who were sexually attracted – abnormally – to people of the opposite sex.

  1. Sexuality and the arrival of Freud

Sigmund Freud, renowned Austrian doctor of the twentieth century, popular for his neurological and psychological research; He postulated in 1905, doubting all previous research , that there is a possibility that sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex may not be completely natural.

Rather, he said that there is a period within early childhood in which the sexual behavior of the human being is created and that it is basically a learning process . According to Freud, they teach us to be heterosexual or homosexual .

By 1911, the French novelist and great defender of gay rights, Andre Gide , added to all existing debates the inclusion of the term heterosexism , which does not speak of anything other than the social imposition of attraction to the opposite sex. According to Gide, social customs and the arts are the ones that influence heterosexual behavior , thus modifying the patterns of sexual behavior in certain societies .

  1. The cure of sexual behaviors

Heterosexuality is the only valid model of sex-affective relationships and kinship.

As we said before, both homosexuality and heterosexuality were considered diseases , sexual deviations that consisted of lust towards the same or opposite sex, respectively. But, after the debate between all the positions described above, the conception of sexual behaviors as a disease began to be set aside and replaced by the concept of “normal” sexuality.

At present, the minds of the world’s societies have become accustomed enough to stop using the term ” normal ” when referring to heterosexuality. However, there is a social regime called heteronorma , which is still preserved in some societies, on the grounds that, by respecting heterosexual practices, society works. Likewise, heterosexuality is the only valid model of sex-affective relationships and kinship.

  1. Heterosexuality and homosexuality

In the case of human beings, heterosexuality is necessary for reproduction to be carried out , with the exception of hermaphrodites, of course. Thus, the human species needs heterosexuality for the subsistence of the species. This foundation is always used by those who indicate homosexuality as unnatural behavior. If we consider the logic , if it were real that the entire human species had homosexual behaviors, the perpetuation of the world and its generations would not be possible.

At present, many activist associations in the world’s societies struggle so that the differences existing since ancient times between heterosexuals, homosexuals and other diverse sexual behaviors – in the social, cultural, legal, religious aspect, among others – are minimal or disappear, at best.

These associations, spread throughout the world and framed within these contexts, have achieved that in recent years homosexuality, as well as other diverse sexual behaviors; be more accepted as love behavior and the minds of parents, both male and female, open to the point of accepting the reality that their children do not necessarily have to be heterosexual .

We need a lot as a society, to identify the human being as a complete person, with the same rights, the same obligations and the same guarantees ; before looking at their sexual condition to grant them. Policies of States should cover the whole society, without the need to divide them as sexual behavior. But, even so, in the current times there are many advances in this regard. It is a matter of including the idea of ​​inclusion in our societies of the world so that discrimination ceases.

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