We treat sexual orientation as categorical in a way that we don't
treat other mate preferences. If Pat is most strongly attracted to
mid-30s atheist Greek-American men who are witty and good swing
dancers, one of these is a sexual orientation while the others are
just "turn ons" or "having a type". Our expectation is that if Pat
met someone who was perfect in all other ways except that they were
female that would be a absolute deal breaker in a way that being the
wrong age would not be. Being the wrong race or ethnic group might be
-10 points but being the wrong gender is something like -10,000. Why
is gender preference special? Is this just cultural? Should we stop?
In the ideal future is everyone bisexual?
(I can imagine a society where the idea of being attracted to people
of a different race/caste is like being gay in our society. Do any
like that actually exist?)
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