Sexual Anatomy Facts and Myths
Answer the following true/false questions to gauge your own knowledge of sexual anatomy
and to learn whether you have bought into society's most common myths about the
structure and function of our sexual bodies.
1. Men have only male hormones and women have only female hormones.
The anus has an erotic capacity for both men and women irrespective of sexual
The correct name for the female genitals is the vagina.
The clitoris is the only organ in the human body with the sole function of giving sexual pleasure.
The ovaries and testes are formed from the same embryonic tissue.
Men who have a larger penis can give their partners more orgasms.
7. If you hit it hard enough, a man's penis can break.
A vaginal, or G-spot, orgasm is more powerful than an orgasm from clitoral stimulation.
Women can ejaculate.
10. All men should be circumcised for hygienic reasons.
For the correct answers, see page 99.
even false beliefs about sexuality and your body. Time and again research has shown that
when people are comfortable with their own bodies and at ease talking about them, they
generally do better in communicating their needs, and typically feel better about their own
body image (Aggleton, Wood, Malcolm, & Parker, 2005; Tepper & Owens, 2007).
In addition, the more comfortable you are with your own body, the better able
you are to have important conversations about your body and the body of your sexual
partner(s) and to make good health decisions. This factual and emotional communication
is critical for creating and maintaining personal relationships over time. It also becomes a
starting point for passing positive knowledge along to children, friends, family members,
and other important people in your life.