Love, Attraction, Attachment, & Communication
What is Love?
Crazy: Love is a temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the
patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder
Good for us: we tend to be healthier & live longer
02/11/16- Sexual Arousal & Response
Hormones & Sexual Response
Level 20-40 times higher in males than females
Primarily produced in testes in males, also in adrenal glands (located above
Produced equally in ovar
Child & adolescent Sexuality
Infancy (ages 0-2)
Sexual Responses: some components present from birth
o Example: erection, vaginal lubrication
o Common by 6 months, generally for enjoyment but not orgasm
o May be public or
Sexual Orientation: whether one is erotically & romantically attracted to the
same, other, or both genders.
Heterosexual: person sexually attracted primarily to persons of the other
Gay: male sexually attracted primaril
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Part 1
Sexually Transmitted Infections
20 million Americans are infected each year.
Risk is highest for people ages 15-25
o Greater involvement in risky sexual behaviors.
o High utilization of hormonal contraception.
Viral Forms of STIs
o Usually only mild, such as fever, joint pain, rash, & conjunctivitis
o Associated with increased risk of birth defects, such as microcephaly
(abnormally small head circumference) & Guillain, Barre syndrome.
o Incidence: o
01/28/16- Male Reproductive Health
Substance appearing under foreskin & clitoral hood, comprised of secretions
& dead skin cells
Can cause infection
Penile injuries: can be caused by sexual devices (ex: cock rings), vacuum cleaners,
Sexology: scientific study of sexuality
Goals of sex research:
To understand, predict, and change sexual behavior
Uses the scientific method, which is intended to be:
Empirical: knowledge is gathered through observation
Types of sexual behaviors in which people engage are influenced by:
Physiology: how the body response to different types of stimulation
Cultural norms: group norms
Religious beliefs: prohibitions on non-procreative activities
01/26/16- Male Anatomy and Physiology
External Sex Organs
Penis- Parts (external)
Roots: base of penis, attaching it to pelvic
Shaft: length of the penis; between glans & where penis joins rest of body.
Glans: head of penis; filled with nerve endings