PSY 3122 E: Chapter 10 Notes: Gender
Gender or Sex?
Gender is the psychological experience of femaleness and/or maleness.
Biological sex is the condition of being male and/or female, which is determined
by genes, chromosomes, hormones and physical traits.
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 12 Notes: Attraction, Intimacy, and Love
Study of undergrads showed that being attracted to a person was the number
one reason for them to have sex with them
Living near someone increases the likelihood of partneri
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 1 Notes : Perspectives on Sexuality
Sex and the Media
Media plays a large role in the formation of our identities and norms. We learn what is
normal. Sometimes the media can portray an obvious message or they can be subtle.
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 14 Notes: Sexual Behaviours and Relationships
What Does It Mean to Have Sex?
In general, it is agreed that sexual activity includes mutual genital contact and
Traditionally penis-vagina sex, but you gotta think of the gays!
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 3 Notes: Sex Research Methods
A Historical Overview of Sex Research Methods
Kama sutra: erotic instruction related to sexual intercourse.
Censorship: suppression was encouraged
Psychopathia pathologized a numbe
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 2 Notes: Theoretical Approaches to Studying Human
Psychological Theories of Sexuality
Scientific theory in sexuality helps us:
Organize, self-correct and generate knowledge
Communicate about sexuality
Develop research ideas a
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 13 Notes: Sexual Communication
Communication in Intimate Relationships
Couples communication: ongoing verbal, behavioral, and affective exchanges
Couples Communication Behaviours
Distressed couples engage in more negat
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 11 Notes: Sexual/Affectional Orientations and
Sexual/Affectional Orientations and Identities
Many researchers use the term sexual orientation to refer to an individuals
attraction to men or women.
o The term may be too limite
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 4 Notes: Sexual Anatomy
All together called the vulva.
Rounded fatty pad of tissues that covers the
It is sensitive to the touch.
At puberty, becomes covered with pubic hair
Pharmaceutical companies are third most profitable businesses in the world.
Orgasmitron- device that is inserted in the spine that can allow women to achieve orgasm. It is
controlled by a remote.
In clinical trial, questionable results.
Diversity of Sexual Behavior and the Concept of Normal
o Answers to Anonymous Questions
o Exam Review
Format = multiple choice & short answer questions
The Diversity of Sexual Behavior and the Concept of Normal
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
PSY3122: Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior
Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent Video:
When yes might not mean yes:
o Under coercion
o Under the influence
Not in the right
PSY3122 Psychology of Human Sexuality
Gender Expectations + Sexual Stereotypes
Media Representation of Male + Female Sexuality
*Project Due: November 24th
Social Constructivist Approach: looks at human sexual behavior as it is
a product of our
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 9 Notes: Sexuality over the Lifespan
Sexuality in Infancy and Early Childhood
Sexuality can start as early as in the womb. It is normal for children to explore their
sexuality but it is not sexual for them, it is anatomical.
PSY 3122 E: Chapter 5 Notes: Sex Hormones and Human Sexuality
What are Hormones?
Chemical messengers that a body produces that are carried to the organ they
affect via the circulatory system.
Can affect: growth, aging, metabolism, immune response, sexual
Physiology of Sexual Response
Discussion: Psychosocial Aspects of STIS
Take sample of vaginal cells (with a speculum) to test for precancer/abnormal cells
o Cervical cancer
o Doesnt test for STIs
HIV Testing Anonymou
Midterm results (tomorrow?)
Project due Nov. 24
Psychosexual Development in Children
When do we start experiencing sexuality in childhood?
When do we stop experiencing sexuality?
The age between starting to
PSY3122 Lecture 5
Socionormative Scripts of Sex + Sexual Satisfaction
Sexual Dysfunction + Problems
Discussion: Socionormative Ideas About Sex
Sexual scripts are heteronormative
o Heteronormative: sexual stereotypes/roles/etc. are
Psychosocial aspects of sexual anatomy
Psychosocial Aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy:
In our society, the reproductive system and sexuality by
extension is important
Cross-cultural studies in sexology
Issues in sexological research (Ch. 3)
Try to understand their perspective (in the different theories) and catch
their vocabulary for the exam*
Queer theory & feminist theory
Lack of data due to informed consent
- Most parents arent willing to volunteer their children to sex related studies
- Most studies with children have small sample sizes
Most are retrospective stud
Shafer and Brates
- Rate themselves as lovers and partner
- Cross correlate results and found no correlation (r=0)
- How you see yourself and how your lover sees you
How do most people communicate in bed?
- Paralanguage: ora
Criteria for Normal
Statistical = what the average person does, or the majority of people
- 1/3 people are sexually abused?
- Cheating on partner is normal
Social Norms = live up to what we see
- Narrow values of culture
Theories of Love
1) Freud: psychoanalytic theory
- Motivating principle = pleasure principle
- Purpose is to reduce tension
Example: eat because you want to reduce hunger
- Not going towards, actually seeking to reduce tens
Human Sexual Response
Human Sexual Response Model Masters and Johnson
There are 4 phases: Excitement, Plateau, Orgasm, and Resolution
2 main physiological events that occur are: vasocongestion (pooling of blood in any area of the body)
In Canada, criminal laws are more progressive
1973 Rape act of the criminal code in = it was considered a sex crime before
1983 changed to calling it a crime of violence
Most common feeling is not sexual but thinking they will kil
Male and Female Anatomy
Homologous and/or Analogous Structures
Homologous structures = develop from the same embryological tissue in utero
- They have the same underlying structure/anatomy
- Example: penis and vagina; scrotum and the labia major
Introduction to Sexology
Human Sexuality: is involved in what we do, but it is also what we are. It is an identification, an
activity, a drive, a biological and emotional process, an outlook, and an expression of the self. It
is an important fac
PSY3122: Human Sexual Behavior
Guest Lecturer Presentation
Mental Health and Sexual & Gender Diversity
Sexual Health Education and Community Worker
Who does research on us? Criticisms of theories/theorists
Cannot talk abou