Chapter 16 - John Bieler Psychology of Human Sexuality...

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John Bieler Psychology of Human Sexuality Professor Love November 13 th , 2007 Chapter 16 Varieties of Sexual Expression Some medical and sexuality texts still categorize certain kinds of behavior as sexual deviance. Sexual behaviors increase and decrease in popularity; oral sex, for example, was once considered a perversion, but now the majority of couples report that they engage in it at least occasionally. If many of these desires exist to some degree in all of us, then the desire itself is not atypical, just the degree of desire. Social value judgments, not science, primarily determine which sexual behaviors are considered “normal” by a society. The word paraphilia is derived from the Greek “para” (besides) and “philia” (love or attraction). In other words, paraphilias are sexual behaviors that involve a craving for an erotic object that is unusual or different. According to the DSM IV-TR, the essential features involved in a paraphilia are recurrency and intensity of the
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