Sexual Pleasure - Sexual Pleasure Arousal and Response...

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4/28/131Sexual Pleasure, Arousal, and Response Learning Objectives §Pleasure, culture, and sexual well-being §Sexual arousal and response §Sexual techniques §Sexual pleasure as a human right
4/28/132Pleasure, Culture, and Sexual Well-Being §Humans have depicted sexual pleasure for thousands of years §Kama Sutra - World’s oldest sex manual §Sexual nature and sexual well-being §Humans combine sexual activity and interaction with the emotion of love §A combination of attraction, romantic love, and sexual pleasure shape long-term relationships §For many, sexual pleasure is associated strongly with sexual well-being Cultural Influences on Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Well-Being §A culture that defines sexual nature to exclude sexual pleasure may have a negative impact on an individual’s development of sexual well-being §Sex-positive cultures tend to accept a broader range of the expression of sexual well-being and pleasure than sex-negative cultures §Variations in expression and experience of sexual pleasure seen throughout the globe due to the strong influence of culture
4/28/133Defining Your Personal Needs §Individuals need to be comfortable in a relationship to enjoy their own sexuality Defining Your Personal Needs §People experience sexual desire and love differently based on: §Sexual motivation §Background §Culture §Gender roles §Interpersonal cues from other people
4/28/134Sexual Arousal and Response §Human motivation to engage in sexual behavior arises from physiological and psychological factors §Pleasure is influenced both by thoughts or cognitions and by physiological functioning Sexual Arousal and Response §Humans can be sexually aroused for many reasons §Flirting §Having fantasies §Reproduction
4/28/135The Five Senses and Pleasure §Touch - Most dominant sense §Leads to the highest levels of arousal and response to sexual stimulation §Erogenous zones: Areas on the body that provide great pleasure when stimulated by touch §Primary erogenous zones: Areas of the body that are most associated with sexual touch and pleasure §Genitals, butt, anus, perineum, breasts, and inner surface of the thighs, armpits, navel, neck, ears, and mouth The Five Senses and Pleasure §Secondary erogenous zones: Areas of the body that, when touched in a sensual way, can trigger arousal in the primary erogenous zones §Due to individual variation in people’s preferences for touch, any other area of the body can be a secondary erogenous zone
4/28/136The Five Senses and Pleasure §Sight - Men and women experience different sexual arousal sequences on the basis of visual cues §Men tending to be aroused more easily than women §Smell - Both stimulates and offends a sexual arousal §Pheromones - Odorless chemical signals that are not readily noticed by the nose but are detected in the environment The Five Senses and Pleasure

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