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Julie Canta 999360330 What is Sex? The word “sex” itself may trigger several feelings and memories unique only to one’s self; what each person considers sex is different. But how can one describe an experience to another person with a mutual understanding of what sex is? Is there a concrete definition for sex that covers my own experiences and everyone else’s into one simple definition? In the paper “Are We Having Sex Now or What?”, Greta Christina aims to attain a concrete definition for sex that pertains to each unique instance and circumstances every person has. One of her definitions, “Perhaps having sex with someone is the conscious, consenting, mutually acknowledged pursuit of shared sexual pleasure”, seems to cover the prototype of sex—consenting, conscious, mutual pursuit of sexual pleasure—which, to me, sounds right. Yet this definition is problematic, as it is too broad-- one can argue the definition is too subjective. Christina suggests that “perhaps having sex with someone is the conscious, consenting, mutually acknowledged pursuit of shared sexual pleasure”. Say that two people are to engage in “sex”—a boy meets a girl at a bar, they flirt, exchange a kiss, and he asks her if he can take her home. She, in her right mind, says yes. They engage in foreplay; he asks her if he can penetrate her and she says yes. Both orgasm. This is what I think is the most common prototype of sex, with different adjustments based on each experience. This seems about right—she was conscious, meaning she was fully aware and responsive of her decisions and surroundings; she

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