Alternative formulation of sexual orientation

By dkl9, written 2023-186, revised 2023-186 (0 revisions)

Sexual orientation is often expressed as one of heterosexual (attracted to opposite sex), homosexual (attracted to same sex), or one of several extrapolated terms.

We may alternatively express it as one of attracted-to-males, attracted-to-females, or one of several extrapolated terms. From Greek-derived morphemes, we may construct the words "androphilic" and "gynephilic", respectively. (It's obviously a coincidence that these words I derived happen to already be in use! ... no, I'm just here to popularise them and make a couple original remarks.)

Then, instead of orientation being a majority/occasional-alternative distinction, it is a correlative component of gender, correlated more closely than hair length and less than reproductive anatomy.

Some consequences of this formulation:

I don't intend to be one-sided about this, so here are some downsides: