Lecture 5.docx - Chapter 9 Sexual Expression \u25cf Sexual behavior is rich with emotions \u25cf Important characteristics in terms of sexual attractiveness

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Chapter 9 Sexual Expression Sexual behavior is rich with emotions Important characteristics in terms of sexual attractiveness Youthfulness Health Various cultures emphasize: Eyes, height, weight, size, and shape of genitals American ideals of beauty are NOT universal Breasts are not erotic in several cultures Plump women are preferred over thin women Sexual strategies theory by David Buss (2003) Evolutionary perspective Prominent theory explaining human mating Gender difference in short and long term relationships Women: more selective because of reproductive costs, will prefer long term relationships Men: seek variety and short-term relationships Differences exist due to differences in reproductive investment and reproductive physiology Hooking up or “friends with benefits” Casual sex among adolescents and young adults Reasons for engaging in hookups varying between genders Fits with male evolutionary mating views Women were more likely to hope that the hookup will turn into a committed relationship Sexual scripts in our culture are highly gendered Strongly influence our sexuality as men and women Components Cultural scripting-tells us which behavior patterns are acceptable and unacceptable Intrapersonal scripting-enable people to give meaning to their physiological responses Interpersonal scripting-area of shared conventions that make sexual activities possible Autoeroticism
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