/ What Is Sexual Orientation?
The first and most important response is, I think, to emphasize that in order to achieve the pragmatic goals discussed earlier, it is important to avoid an account that wholly psychologizes sexual orientation. While I leave open that the behavioral dispositions for which persons need political and social protections have categorical psychological bases, these bases will not be the focus of a socio-politically oriented account of sexual orientation. For these purposes, someone with the psychological features of a “heterosexual” but queer behavioral dispositions can and should be protected from anti-queer prejudice. In other words, given the pragmatic goals of my account, the questions of whether or which psychological states ground the behavioral dispositions at issue are interesting questions for neuroscientists, but not ones that should guide a politically motivated account of sexual orientation.
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