Personal Advertisement Studies
Does what people want tell us about why its important?
Market value: proportion of individuals seeking partners of
a given age divided by available partners of that age. Ex:
Women less demanding with age, men more (requestin
RAPE: intercourse w/ a nonconsenting person by
force or threat. (technically: penetration of vagina,
anus, or mouth by force or threat)
Legal definitions vary; (e.g., sometimes not oral and
sometimes vaginal or anal penetration by finger o
Intended to arouse desire.
One way to distinguish:
Soft core porn:
Child porn is fairly easy to define
Prevalence: In the era of video: NHSLS survey: 23% of men,
11% women bought x rated v
PARAPHILIAS Sexual arousal occurs almost exclusively in
the context of inappropriate objects or individuals
May not become aroused without it (or fantasizing).
Replays act/ situation during masturb.
Compulsive. Acting on urge releases anx, (temporarily
15.1 NHSLS Study: Sexual Dysfunctions: Past year
Pain During Sex
Sex not Pleasurable
Unable to Orgasm
Lack of interest
Climax too early
Unable to keep erection 10
Child and Adolescent
Range of cultural approaches: permissive to restrictive.
Allow masturbation, simulated coitus, experimentation,
believe that kids mature by engaging in behavior
R (minority): punish masturb. and sex play, dont talk @ sex,
keep kids ig
Sexually dimorphic behavior
A behavior that has different forms or that
occurs with different probabilities or under
different circumstances in males and
Hormonal Effects on Development
The effect of a
Cultural norms and experiences influence perceptions of
attractiveness. Stereotypes create their own reality.
Expectancy: self fulfilling prophesy. (desirable qualities in
response to others expectations).
High self esteem model:
GENDER IDENTITY: Psychological sense of being
male or female. Develops between 18 36
months; firms up by 3 years old.
Sex assignment is anatomy from birth.
GI is not always reflective of anatomic gender.
Intersexuals have gonads of one sex, but externa
Results of Surveys
Sexually attracted to same sex
Had sex with same at some point
Sex in past 12 months
Results of surveys vary as a function of:
Education: Self i.d. related to college (3% of co