Mullen Scale for Sexuality

The Mullen Scale for Sexuality: this scale proposes that the terminology currently used for sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual) are far too simplistic, and that it is far more accurate to place people within “normal” ranges of sexuality; instead of labeling a person’s preference with a very specific term, it is more accurate to say that a person has a “normal range” sexuality.  A person may lie in 1 or the other “normal” ranges, and may lie within both “normal” ranges simultaneously.

As with other theories of sexuality, the Mullen Scale takes into account the sexuality a person is born with, along with the influence of environment.  Therefore, we can use “ENVIRONS” to plot our points, and place ourselves within 1, or both, of the normal ranges.  Absolute “hetero”, “bi”, and “homo” sexual classifications are rare if not non-existent; these terms suggest absolutes, of which, there are very few in human nature, and though a person may plot near these absolute points, it is hypothesized that almost no one will plot on any of the absolute points.  In the case of the Mullen Scale, this means a plotted point directly on the “E”, directly on the “S”, or at the absolute median between “I” and “R”, should not, or should rarely, occur.

Mullens theory of Sexuality

E Absolute or “true” Heterosexual
N High-Range “Normal” sexuality
V Average
I Low-Range “Normal” Sexuality
R Low-Range “Normal” Sexuality
O Average
N High-Range “Normal” sexuality
S Absolute or “true” Homosexual

Although a person is born with points that may lie within a certain range of sexuality, whether that range has a preference of same sex, or opposite sex, environmental factors throughout childhood development may alter the direction and placement of that original point, or, more likely, these environmental factors will influence what points are actually displayed in a person’s behavior, regardless of where they may plot in reality.

The scale does not propose that all, or even any kind of majority, or minority, prefer both sexes.  However, the scale does take in to consideration that at different times and in different circumstances, for an exponential number of reasons, someone may experience attraction to one, or both, sexes, and that this is far more typical, or “normal”, than strictly holding an attraction 100% of the time to one sex over the other.

For example, there are any number of reason why someone that lies within a “normal” range of sexuality that plots within the range that typically enjoys what we call “heterosexual” relationships (within letters “N”, “V”, or “I”), may also plot simultaneously in a “Low Range” normal sexuality (within the letter “R” range) on the “homosexual” dominant portion of the scale.  This could be due to factors such as “misplaced affection”, intoxication, and most often because this person fulfills a specific number of trait requirements necessary to cause attraction in the sex you do not typically prefer.


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