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Lecture 12

HLSC 1F90 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Condom, Prenatal Hormones And Sexual Orientation, Birth Order

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Dr.Kelli-an Lawrance

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DEC 3RD 2015
LEC 12
Human Sexuality
WHO def’n of sexuality…
oIs a central aspect of being human and encompassess sex, gender identities and
roles, orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction
WHO def’n of sexual health
oSexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being
related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or
Why study human sexuality?
oIntrinsically interesting
oHuman sexuality reveals human nature
oReliable and valid ways to measure arousal
Penile and vaginal plethysmographs
oImportant social / health concerns
Teenage pregnancy rate/ world population growth
Sexual abuse/ assault
So, many (potential) sex health issues/ problems
But also: recall sex is important to health even in absence of problems / disease
So, the study of… romantic relationships, sex orientation, sex over lifespan, etc.,
important to health, regardless of problems
Examples of sex research
Gender and sexuality…
oLots of similarity..
oMen... more interest in casual sex; more partners; more masturbation; more
oWomen… capacity for multiple orgasms; more romantic; aroused by
“context”/”flexible/fluid” sexuality
oWhy differences…biological, learning/culture…both
oAlso, some differences distorted?
(Alexander & Fisher, 2003)
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