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Sexual Fluidity by Lisa Diamond
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Aug 29, 11

bookshelves: lgbt-nonfiction

I wanted to like this book more. I have a profound respect for Lisa Diamond's research, and I think it took incredible courage for her to propose a new theory of sexual identity development - especially since it contradicts the firmly-entrenched "stage theories" of development. The writing style, however, was not particularly engaging, and I found the book to be tedious. Diamond's work has been groundbreaking, but I think the general public could easily lose interest. I also think that, while she made a pre-emptive strike against her anti-gay critics by arguing against the notion that sexual orientation is a choice, her argument contained so much scientific jargon that it could be considered to be evasive. I don't think that was her intention, but unfortunately her intentions could be misconstrued.
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