Feelings, infatuations and sexual attractions towards other beings are all a part of basic Human Nature and Behavior. And, the compilation of such basic elements of human’s behavioural aspect culminates into what we call as “sexuality” or to be put in simple words, Sexual Orientation. Sexual orientation of a person is defined as his/her sexual preferences while choosing a sexual partner for himself/herself. Sexuality today, is one of the most debated topic among the huge multitude across the globe. Whether sexuality is innate (inbuilt) or it is constructed (by the environment an individual is engulfed with). For the history of mankind, we had been taught that sexuality is innate and that hetro-sexuality is the purest and most legitimate form of human’s sexual orientation by religion, historical memoirs and religious texts such as The Bible, The Quran etc. However, as the time and social structures and beliefs rolled by, different notions of sexuality emerged during the 1960s, first in America followed by Europe and Asia as what we know as “Sexual Revolution” today. The movement laid a strong emphasis on sexual liberty, homosexual, bisexual, gender dysphoria along with other type of sexual orientation. It fervently put up the belief that sexuality is not only inbuilt but in fact to a great extent it is constructed. For instance, an inborne homosexual individual continues having a hetro sexual orientation despite his actual sexual identity or sexuality. In this way his “Hetro-sexual orientation” is created by a hetro-sexual centric society. The above instance is an exemplification of how the sexuality of an individual is shaped by the cliché sexual notions of the society and how the sexuality is a resultant product of an on-going construction of an individual’s sexuality by the society.
In a study done by Michael C. LaSala on the topic Sexual Orientation: Is it Unchangeable? he found out that there was only one-third of the homosexual population who continued to keep their homosexual orientation rigid. On the contrary, the remaining two-thirds of the homosexual population had continued their life as heterosexual because it felt appropriate to them to get into a hetro-sexual centric society by being a hetro-sexual individual than a homosexual one (an odd one out). Therefore, this way Michael C. LaSala articulates how the notion of sexuality and in fact, sexuality itself is shaped and constructed by the society. The research done by him shows that- the heterosexual oriented sexuality of those two-third population of “inborne homosexual individuals” had been constructed by the society and not by their actual self as they were born with homosexual oriented sexuality. Not surprisingly, many among those two-third population o the homosexual who later got their sexuality converted into hetro-sexual oriented sexuality reported about having an uninteresting and frustrating hetro-sexual life and sexuality. The sexuality of an individual gets constructed not only through this way. There is yet another way round, through which the sexuality of an individual gets constructed by the surrounding or environment he/she is exposed to. In this case, an individual’s sexuality shifts from hetro-sexual oriented sexuality to ahomosexual-orientedd sexuality or bi-sexual oriented sexuality or very often, a gender dysphoric because of the resultant environmental influence or many a times, because of a particular prevailing culture. For an instance, in 7 out of 10 cases, a hetro-sexual oriented boy turned into a homo-sexual oriented boy while living in a community populated by homo-sexual oriented individuals. Therefore, sexuality is not always an innate or inborne identity. In fact, society, societal notions, clichés, social structures of society, all of these plays an intensely fervent role in shaping up and constructing the very basic foundation pillars of basic human behavior which we term as “Sexuality”.