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Sexual Behavior and Arousal - • Heterosexual –...

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Sexual Behavior and Arousal Erogenous Zones: Areas of the body that produce pleasure and/or provoke erotic desires (genitals, breasts, etc.) Sexual Scripts: Unspoken mental plans that guide our sexual behavior Sex Drive: Strength of one’s motivation to engage in sexual behavior Alcohol does NOT stimulate the sex drive Sexual Behavior (Continued) Castration: Surgical removal of the testes or ovaries Not an effective way to treat sex offenders Sterilization: Surgery (vasectomy or tubal ligation) to make a man or woman infertile Masturbation: Self-stimulation of the genitals that causes sexual pleasure or orgasm Sexual Orientation Degree of emotional and erotic attraction to members of the same sex, opposite sex, or both sexes Mostly determined by nature (genes) Genes affect hormone levels in the developing fetus (LeVay, 2006)
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Unformatted text preview: • Heterosexual: – Romantically and erotically attracted to the opposite sex • Bisexual: – Romantically and erotically attracted to both sexes Homosexuality • Homosexual: – Romantically and erotically attracted to the same sex – Part of the normal range of variations in sexual orientation – Tend to discover their sexual orientation at a fairly late date • Usually not until early adolescence Homosexuality • Causes: – Prenatal hormonal theory of homosexuality: • Some male fetuses are exposed to too little testosterone • Some female fetuses are exposed to too much testosterone – Differences in neurotransmitter levels have been detected in the hypothalamus in homosexual and heterosexual persons – Unlikely that parenting makes children homosexual...
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