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PSYC 333 Human Sexuality (Module 9)Sexual DisordersVariations in Sexual Behaviour Chapter 15When is sexual behaviour abnormal?Defining abnormal-Statistical definition: an abnormal sexual behaviour is one that is rare-Sociological approach: problem of culture dependence is explicitly acknowledged, define a deviantsexual behaviour as a sexual behaviour that violates the norms of society ; this approach recognizesthe importance of the individual's interaction with society and of the problems that people mustface if their behaviour is labelled 'deviant' in the culture in which they live-Psychological approach: Arnold Buss; 3 criteria of abnormality are: discomfort, inefficiency andbizarreness {bizarreness varies depending on culture}-Medical approach: exemplified by the definitions included in the diagnostic and statistical manual ofmental disorders (DSM-IV-TR); 8 specific paraphilias: fetishism, transvestic fetishism, sadism,masochism, voyeurism, froteurism, exhibitionism & pedophilia-Paraphilia: recurring, unconventional sexual behaviour that is obsessive and compulsive 'clinicallysignificant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning'-These definitions are used in determining who receives treatment-Peggy Kleinplatz & Charles Moser: psychologist, argue that no agreed upon definition of healthysexuality, argue that labelled as pathological due to sociopolitical and historical factors, negativeassumptions not supported by research-Most atypical sex behaviour are not against the law, pedophilia is because it involves exploitationand force; whereas other behaviours violate community standards of taste; laws against indecentexposure, voyeurism, indecent acts in public place, and public nudity indecent exposure: showingones genitals in a public place to passers by; exhibitionism-Gwen Jacobs: topless, Guelph 1991, 1996: Ontario court of appeal ruled women have a right to gotopless as long as it is not for commercial gain or sexual purposes-72% of Canadians think it should illegal for women to go topless on city streets, 48% think should beillegal to go topless on a public beach; does not necessarily mean think it is abnormal, just think thatthey should not be toplessThe Normal Abnormal Continuum-Lingerie example of the continuum from normal to abnormal sexual behavior-University men: 42% engaged in voyeurism, 35% frottage/ sexual rubbing against a woman in acrowd continuum from normal to abnormal behaviour might be conceptualized using the scheme:mild preference ---- strong preference --- necessity(abnormal/ paraphilia) --- substitute for humanpartner (paraphilia)-Obsessed with silk panties, man shoplifts them; his fetish has become a paraphilia ; if burglary orassault to get desired fetish object-Sex behaviour abnormal end when it interferes with having healthy relationships or completing dayto day activities/ causes harm to other peopleSexual addictions and compulsions-Patrick Carnes: sexual variations addictive process much like alcoholism, pathological relationship

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Term
Fall
Professor
CarolineF.Pukall
Tags
Human Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Sexual arousal, sexual behaviour, compulsive sexual behaviour

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