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Sexual Pleasure, Arousa I, and Response Pleasure, Culture, and Sexual Well-Being Describe what is distinctive about human sex and love. • Discuss how personal sexual needs influence sexual well-being. • Understand how to create a sexual journal and the benefits of keeping one. Sexual Arousal and Response Describe how the five senses shape and express sexuality. • Demonstrate the connection between pheromones and sexual attraction and arousal. Discuss how sexual fantasy shapes sexual motivation and behavior. • Compare Masters and Johnson's EPOR model of sexual response with the one proposed by Kaplan . Understand what happens In the body during orgasm. Sexual Techniques Identify the various sexual positions. • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of each sexual position on performance and sexual enjoyment. Sexual Pleasure as a Human Right Understand why the right to sexual pleasure Is considered essential for sexual well-being. Explain why the power structure In many cultures prevents women from realizing their right to sexual pleasure. • • Learning • Objectives 129
Developing Your Position • • 1. How did you come to realize your own sexual and emotional needs when it comes to sexual activity and behavior? 130 2. What do you focus on in your sexual thoughts and fantasies? 3. What gives you the highest levels of sexual pleasure? • Self, Society, and Culture: Satisfying the Desire • for Pleasure Sexual pleasure. We rarely see these two words together. Instead, we see sex associated with risk and disease. We hear stories of people affected by unintended pregnancies. We read about people battling HIV and AIDS. In the political arena, we debate issues such as abortion and reproductive health care. But we rarely see a healthy, positive discussion of the pleasure sex brings us. The media portray sex as pleasurable, but they also tell us that we should look like a sexy model or behave like a porn star to enjoy our sexuality. As an undergraduate taking a course in biological psychology, I (Nicole) remember the professor simply said, "There is no greater motivator of human behavior than sex." Although we could debate the truth of this concise statement, it conveys the power that sex has in our lives. Why is it so powerful? Because it makes us feel good. Sex is fun; it can bring us closer to our partner(s) emotionally as well as physically. It can relieve the stresses of the day and it can cause the body to react in a way that no other stimu-lus can. Sexual pleasure is also a lifelong journey. Throughout life, we get to discover what gives our partner(s) the most satisfaction. Arguably, there is no other learning experience that is more fun. To be sure, sex can have negative and destructive conse-quences, and it's important to understand them, but here we pay respect to the wonders of sexual pleasure.