Exotic => Erotic
April 21, 2011 10:51 PM Subscribe
Soc-Psych-filter! Do people become gay or lesbian because they grow up feeling that stereotypically straight-acting kids are "exotic" -- as per the "Exotic Becomes Erotic
posted by dontjumplarry to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I recently encountered the Exotic Becomes Erotic theory of Daryl Bem: that our genes determine whether boys are "girly" or girls are "tomboyish", and that us gender-discordant kids then grow up oriented to think of stereotypically boyish boys or girlish girls as exotic (and, ultimately, as objects of desire). This seems fascinating to me and kind of gels with my own experience, but not knowing anything about soc psych, I'm curious. Is the theory plausible and has it gained any traction in the psychology community?