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Anita Lam913599323PHI 7- A. SennetAnalysis of “Are We Having Sex Now or What?” by Greta ChristinaIn Greta Christina’s “Are We Having Sex Now or What?”, she discusses several definitions of sex and struggles with defining her own past experiences. Sex is a step that can greatly impact and alter a relationship and she feels that it is important to address what is sex andwhat isn’t. Christina offers a few interpretations as to what is defined as sex, but ultimately admits that sex is a hazy topic that is difficult to encompass in a single definition. There are a multitude of cases and situations where sex can come into play, and it is challenging to draw a clear line between what is sex and what isn’t. Christina gives the reader two main definitions that, while both adequate, still fail to consider all the possible cases of sexual intercouse. One of the definitions she considers states, “Perhaps having sex with someone is the conscious, consenting, mutually acknowledged pursuit of shared sexual pleasure.” Christina believes that this definition includes various forms of sexual behavior that are not just genital contact, while excluding mere arousal. The definition also incorporates all the aspects that she feels are critical to be able to classify an interaction as sex-consent being the most important.

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