Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality - Human Sexuality Psychology 153 Sexuality...

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Human Sexuality Psychology 153 Sexuality in Perspective Difference between sex and gender sex –definition can depend on the context Sexual anatomy Sexual behavior, practices Reproduction This text: sexual behavior Behavior that produces arousal and increases the chance of orgasm. Coitus Sexual intercourse Erotic Arousing sexual feeling or desire Foreplay Mutual sexual stimulation that precedes coitus Human Sexuality ways in which we express and experience ourselves as human beings. Values- Sexual knowledge and practical thinking skills are of value because they allow us to make informed sex decisions. The study of human sexuality is interdisciplinary Includes many aspects of anthroplogy, psychology, biology, chemisty neurology. .etc. . Sexuality and Values Sexual knowledge and critical thinking skills Historical Perspectives incest is taboo Prehistoric sexuality Phallic Worship Phallic symbols Religious influence “Be fruitful and multiply” Procreation versus mutual pleasure and fulfillment Gender roles. . Ancient Greeks Social acceptable bisexuality and gayness Rome Sexual excesses were found in the upper class
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Early Christians views on sexuality were shaped by St. Paul and St. Augustine Non-procreational sex is prohibited and sinful No sex before marriage. Eastern Religions Hindu – Karma Sutra Sexual influence moving westward Victoria Era Sexual anesthesia for women Ethnographic studies challenge these assumptions Sexologist Studies Sexology Foundation of Scientific Knowledge Richard von Kraff-Ebing Frued Psychoanalytic Theory – Sigmund Freud Proposes that human behavior represents the outcome of clashing inner forces. Psychoanalysis Unconscious mind Parts of the mind that lie outside of conscious awareness Erogenous Zones Parts of the body responsive to sexual stimulation Sexual Revolution Mid 60’s to mid 70’s Liberation of female sexuality Willingness to discuss sex openly Wide availability of birth control and access to safe and legal abortions Result? Sex can be separated from reproduction/procreation purposes Sex for pleasure Commonalities and differences in Sexual behavior between different cultures in terms of what is socially acceptable number of sex partners flexibility of nudity Sexual practices Media Sexuality and Difference Degree of tolerance varies between networks and time of day Also differences between countries.
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Theoretical Perspectives on Sexuality Evolutionary perspective: Sociobiology by E.O. Wilson The application of evolutionary biology to understanding the social behavior of animals including humans. Key aspect of this and other evolutionary perspectives involves an emphasis on strong
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2009 for the course PSYCH 2075 taught by Professor None during the Spring '06 term at UWO.

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