sexual orientation space

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A hypothetical generalization of Storms’ Model to explain diversities in human sexual orientation.

Studies have found that:

Thus, a further quantification of Storms’ Model is of interest, where the neural response patterns to Androstadienone(AND) and Estratetraenol(EST) are suggested as potential biological indicators of sexual attraction.

Storms originally formulated their model with hetero- and homo-sexuality axes. However, considering the mentioned response patterns, sexual orientation may better be conceptualized with male- and female-orientedness axes. (i.e. male homosexuality and female heterosexuality share common neural mechanisms in their attraction to AND)

Operationalizing asexuality as ‘experiencing less or no sexual attraction’, my hypotheses are as follows:

  1. Asexual men and women, either self-identified or non-self-identified, will share common response patterns to AND and EST. (less/no sexual attraction to males and females)
  2. Asexual men, homosexual men, heterosexual women will share common response patterns to EST. (less/no sexual attraction to females)
  3. Asexual women, homosexual women, heterosexual men will share common response patterns to AND. (less/no sexual attraction to males)
  4. Bisexual men, bisexual women, homosexual men, heterosexual women will share common response patterns to AND. (sexual attraction to males)
  5. Bisexual women, bisexual men, homosexual women, heterosexual men will share common response patterns to EST. (sexual attraction to females)

I am openly posting this because I lack the resources and training to conduct a study. If anyone is interested in testing this model, please feel free to do so.

3 thoughts on “sexual orientation space

  1. Wow, I really love the graphic! Especially the acknowledgment of the flexibility to add additional axes – that’s one of my favorite traits of modified storms models.

    1. Thanks:) That part is also one of my favorite, because it treats various possible “components” of sexual orientation in a more explicit way.

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