Exotic Becomes Erotic: Interpreting the Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation

  title={Exotic Becomes Erotic: Interpreting the Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation},
  author={Daryl J. Bem},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • D. Bem
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
Although biological findings currently dominate the research literature on the determinants of sexual orientation, biological theorizing has not yet spelled out a developmental path by which any of the various biological correlates so far identified might lead to a particular sexual orientation. The Exotic-Becomes-Erotic (EBE) theory of sexual orientation (Bem, 1996) attempts to do just that, by suggesting how biological variables might interact with experiential and sociocultural factors to… 

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