Human Sexuality (PSY 341K): Overview
Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D.
Professor, Clinical Psychology
Welcome to Human Sexuality. In this course, you will learn about how research on human
sexuality is conducted and become familiar with some of the key historical fi
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Human Sexuality Article Notes
Test Lots of questions on the articles on the exam (10-11)
Article #2 Know case study stories and how doctors originally treated them and individuals and how they
should be reared/recommendations
Article #1 know the results
Chapter 3 The Princess and her Pea
The Woman who moved Her Clitoris, and Other Ruminations on Intercourse
Princess Marie Bonaparte had a clitoris three centimeters away from her vagina
and could never reach orgasm
She sought scientific proof f
Marie Bonaparte was published in a 1924 issue of the medical and surgical journal
She conducted study where women were placed into 3 categories varying upon
the distance between vaginal opening and clitoris.
1st group- telecl
Focus on results, discussion, and introduction from reassignment paper
Study Kyles slides. Will be about 5?s. nothing picky, study graphs and summary slides
Firt impression is that sexuality in America was open
Now feels like theres a big net thats
Case 4. A 46, XX True Hermaphrodite (Bilateral Ova-Testis)
Bill was born with an enlarged clitoris and normal female genital and reproductive system but
originally diagnosed as a male pseudohermaphrodite and assigned be raised as a boy
o At 18 mo, he was
Why people have sex?
Research on sexual motive
1st quadrant- individual positive
Use sex to enhance positive emoitnos or experience
Research shows that approach motives in sex tends to have postivie results
VIDEO: What is Transsexualism?
Society won't accept you as a male without surgery, complete hysterectomy (removal of uterus,
Transexuals generally say they know at a young age that they are uncomfortable with their
Why Women Have Sex
Very little empirical data on the subject
203 men and 241 women aged 17-52 years.
Asked to list all reasons for having sex in the past
Defined sex as penetration
Got 715 reasons which were condensed into 237 distinct reaso
Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation in Children with Traumatized or Ambiguous Genitalia
Cases involve ppl w/ traumatized/ambiguous genitals who are assigned a gender they later reject
o Give evidence that ones sexual identity is not fixed by
Chapter 11 Immaculate Orgasm: Who needs Genitals?
Sipksi- authority on sexuality among people with spinal cord injuries and
40-50% of people with injuries still having orgasm- how? study people with these
injuries while they masturbate- aided
Chapter 4 The Up suck Chronicles: Does orgasm Boost Fertility, and What do
Pigs Know about it?
Inseminators of sows in Denmark-sexually stimulating a sow while artificially
inseminating leads to 6 percent improvement in fertility (rub vulva area, sit on