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I was watching ASAPScience video on the Male vs Female Orgasms.

At 1:45 they say that PET scans of brain show that arousal of men and women are different.

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How exactly are these different, as in what part of the brain is activated and how is arousal interpreted by brains of different sexes of cis straight people?

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  • $\begingroup$ The second part of your question relating to "arousal of Transgenders and Homosexuals" needs some clarity. You can be both transgender and homosexual at the same time, just as you can be transgender and straight. Are you including these gender expansive individuals? If so, that to me is a broad question which needs focus. Don't forget there are others like biromantic and pansexuals. Or are you not needing to know about any possible differences with them? $\endgroup$ Jan 2 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers the question is mainly about what happens to cis straight people. That's the main part. I was curious as to whether a gay guy's brain activity would be similar to that of cis straight men or women? Etc. The question is whether orientation and trans status influence these activity or not. $\endgroup$
    – user30027
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    $\begingroup$ The question on "whether orientation and trans status influence these activity or not" is a third question in its own right. I think you need to start with asking about cis straight people, then ask a separate question regarding differences with homosexuality (gay or lesbian) and if you are interested in bisexuality, that's a separate question. Then look at one transgender group (trans homosexual or trans straight or trans bisexual or ...). You see how broad your question is now and how it would lead to a book size answer? $\endgroup$ Jan 2 at 11:01
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    – user30027
    Jan 2 at 13:05

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Well, for starters "sexual arousal" is both a physical and cultural phenomenon. Pheromones play a huge role in arousal. Men are known to lean toward the physical attractiveness of a woman, whilst a woman typically leans more towards getting "wooed" in order to open herself up to men; but both sexes do both of those things. The cultural aspects of being sexually aroused can be just as influential as the physical. For example, in a culture that idealizes blonde women, there are more men who will be turned on by blonde women. If society tells you men with dark hair are attractive, women will probably look for arousal in those men. If you live in a society that idealizes white or black skin, then that's probably what you will see on the billboards and on tv, and hence they become symbols of beauty. If you live in a society where finding the same gender is attractive, you will probably start looking for attractiveness in the same gender. The mind is a powerful thing, but in the end and to answer the question straightly: different people are turned on by different things because of how they have been influenced as well as how their hormones are sitting at that time and place, therefore to SCIENTIFICALLY answer your question, we have to separate cultural and physical influences and study each and figure out the natural magnetism that humans have instilled in them to continue their seed.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. Please visit our site tour. There are a lot of bold claims in your answer without corroborated evidence. We work differently to many SE sites, where we have a strict policy that all answers should be backed up with reliable references so that the answer can be independently verified, regardless of the reader's/answerer's background. $\endgroup$ Feb 3 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ "If you live in a society that idealizes white or black skin, then that's probably what you will see on the billboards and on tv, and hence they become symbols of beauty. If you live in a society where finding the same gender is attractive, you will probably start looking for attractiveness in the same gender." These and other claims you made need references cited to back them. $\endgroup$ Feb 3 at 11:13
  • $\begingroup$ This meta answer will help with reliable sources. Unreferenced claims can be challenged and lead to deletion of your answer. $\endgroup$ Feb 3 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ medium.com/lessons-from-history/… $\endgroup$ Feb 3 at 21:53
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    $\begingroup$ @ChanceWatkins You should edit the answer to reference sources; it's best to format your arguments as "statement in your own words (source)" or as "summarizing statement in your own words, 'brief quote' - source" the way you'd do in a school assignment or scientific publication. As-is, though, it doesn't seem like your answer addresses the question asked, which was about differences between men and women and particularly brain activation - it's looking for a neuroscience answer; your answer seems focused on cultural differences and a bit of psychology. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Feb 3 at 22:51

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