Discussion Questions Weeks 1-9
Week 2 Discussion Question 1
Post your response to the following: Consider that you are having an informative
discussion with your adolescent child about sex. Your goal is to explain to your child that
sexual arousal is a normal sensation attributed to the brain, neurochemicals, and sex
hormones all working together. Describe, in language that a teen would understand, how
the brain, neurochemicals, and sex hormones work together during sexual arousal.
Consider, as you respond to your classmates’ posts, that the adolescent has questions
about how the brain, neurochemicals and sex hormones are affecting him or her at this
point in life.
I have no children, but my brother will be an adolescent one day and since as I am a lot
older than he is, I will most likely have to explain what is happening to him as his body
goes through adolescence. I will approach Brandon and start explaining to him from the
top like this: In the adolescent years, all kinds of changes occur in the body because it is
developing. The brain, being a part of the operation, transmits neurochemicals and sex
hormones throughout the body. Brandon I know you are probably wondering what parts
of the brain contribute to sexual arousal. Well, the parts of the brain responsible for
sexual arousal include the cerebral cortex and the limbic system.
Oh, boy. I see you scratching your head so let me put that in layman’s terms. Think of the
cerebral cortex as a computer transmitting messages, sexual messages evoked by sexual
thoughts, images, fantasies, and the like. Now the cerebral cortex, like a computer would
interpret each message, which are actually thoughts, images, or fantasies as turn-offs or
turn-ons. These sexual messages are then transmitted through the spinal cord causing a
rush of blood to your penis, because you’re a boy which would cause an erection. In a
girl, it blood would rush to the vagina, creating vaginal lubrication.
The limbic system would be on the receiving end of the computer, like a person receiving
an e-mail. When people see something sexual or experience sexual thoughts, they are
sexually simulated. Sexual arousal also comes from sex hormones, because sex hormones
help produce specifically testosterone in you, Brandon because you are a male. It helps
create “estrogen and progesterone in females” (Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, 2005, p.
153). That is basically what is used in a woman’s body to help develop the female body
functions, such as estrogen, to help the breast grow. Brandon, sex hormones will helps
develop the body in adolescence by helping to create sperm, making you develop pubic
and facial hair. Basically, it’s a rite of passage before you enter manhood.
Week 2 Discussion Question 2