Lecture 5 - Developing Healthy Intimate and Sexual...

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Developing Healthy Intimate and Sexual Relationships
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8 Sex Sex can refer to: An individual’s classification as male or female, which is determined by anatomical and physiological characteristics. A set of behaviors. The experience of erotic pleasure. Biologically, the mating of a male and female. Purpose is to facilitate the fusion (fertilization) of gametes. Experiences, not outcomes.
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8 Sexuality Sexuality is a person’s sense of self, which is used to create sexual experiences. Another term for sexuality is sexual self, which has several dimensions: The physical dimension – Organs and systems that create erotic experiences. The psychological dimension-Emotions. The social dimension – Sexual attitudes and behaviors.
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8 Sexuality The orientation dimension is defined by attraction toward and an interest in members of one or both genders: heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual. The developmental dimension – The evolution of self over time. The skill dimension – Physical and social skills that help in meeting sexual wants and needs.
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8 Gender Identity and Role How individuals come to think and behave sexually is almost entirely a product of what they learn as very young children about the kinds of behaviors that are expected of members of one sex or the other. Gender identity is awareness of being either male or female.
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8 Gender Identity and Role The gender role is made up of gender- specific behaviors. Sexual attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors are almost entirely the product of learning.
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8 Defining Sexual Orientation A person’s sexual orientation is his or her attraction toward and interest in members of one or both genders. A heterosexual is a person who is attracted to a person of the opposite gender. A homosexual is attracted to a person of the same gender. A bisexual is attracted to members of both genders.
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8 Defining Sexual Orientation The terms heterosexual and homosexual imply a person’s preference with regard to one gender or another, not a type of sexual act. Alfred Kinsey developed a seven- category sexual behavior rating scale to study the sexual behaviors of people. The scale ranged from 0 to 6; with 6 representing exclusively homosexual behavior and 0, exclusively heterosexual behavior.
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8 Sexual Biology Sexual drive and gender identity originally evolved primarily for reproduction. Males produce sperm.
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