PSYC 333 Lecture 12 - Lecture 12: Normative Views of...

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Lecture 12: Normative Views of SexualityWhat is ‘sex’?-Definitions of ‘having had sex’ oLittle empirical investigationoSocial and legal definitions vary but often refer to sexual intercourseTermed as ‘coitus’ or ‘copulationOften means penis and vagina (this neglects the penis-penis and vagina-vagina methods)-Heterosexual contextoEngaging in behaviors other than penile-vaginal intercourse preserves “technical virginity”oOral sexCollege student studyIs oral sex ‘real’ sex? StudyOnly half of men and half of women said yes-Sanders & Reinisch, 1999, JAMA Study: Would you say you ‘had sex’ if....?BehavioursWomenMenFrench Kissing1.4%2.9%Oral contact on your breasts/nipples2.3%4.1%Person touches your breasts/nipples2.0%4.5%You touch other’s breasts/nipples1.7%5.7%Oral contact on other’s breasts/nipples1.4%6.1%oMen endorse more behaviours as having sex (even though the values were not significantly differentSocial script: Could be more liberal for men to have more partnersDifferences between males and females: Maybe females’ nipples are more sexualized than malesBehavioursWomenMenYou touch other’s genitals11.6%17.1%Person touches your genitals12.2%19.2%BehavioursWomenMenOral contact with other’s genitals37.3%43.7%Oral contact with your genitals37.7%43.9%Penile-anal intercourse82.3%79.1%Penile-vaginal intercourse99.7%99.2% oInteresting how penile-vaginal intercourse didn’t reach a 100%-Other studiesoUS, UK, Australia, CanadaConsiderable variability in how university students define having sexOver 94%: sex = penile-vaginal intercourse 70-90%: sex = penile-anal intercourse20-58%: sex = oral-genital activities
oSame-sex oriented individuals and couplesMore broad definitions of sexBecause they don’t have the traditional sexual script to approach their sexual activityThey have to make up their own sexualities outside the traditional scriptWhat is ‘abstinence’-No common, clear definitionoNever having had any genital/sexual contact at alloNever having had penile-vaginal intercourseo

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Term
Fall
Professor
CarolineF.Pukall
Tags
Human Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Oral sex, Sexual arousal

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