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PSYC 436 Lecture Notes - Masters And Johnson, Paula Jones, Sexology

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PSYC 436
Irving Binik

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Will post sample MCQs before exams
Know major points of articles
Can one Build a Comprehensive Model of Sexuality? (Ultimate goal: guide our research
– if we had, would be very well off)
Psychosomatic Circle (Bancoroft): has both biological and psychological elements
oAll these elements are involved in what we think about sexuality
oNo differences of gender
oTactile stimuli as only sense (what about visual? Or some other sense?)
oArea of emotion is less well developed
oSocial and cultural context – model based on the individual (affected by
culture, interpersonal things, etc.)
oNo concept of sexual desire – been a crucial pt in most theories but void in
this model
Sexual Behavior Sequence (Byrne)
oSocial-psychological model
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oTalks about affective responses, interpersonal responses, imaginative
oAcknowledges the existence of behavior
oDeals with socio-cultural
oStrengths: socio-cultural aspects
oWeakness: biological aspects, doesn’t deal w/ desire; so general that it could
represent any psychological model
Sexual Response Cycle (Masters & Johnson)
What is the Definition of Sex? – why do we have so much trouble defining sexuality?
Legal (Paula Jones)
oContact w/ genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thighs or buttocks of any
person w/ an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person
Webster’s Collegiate
Oxford Concise
oPhysical contact btwn individuals involving sexual stimulation of the genitals
usually resulting in an ejaculation of semen
Canadian Oxford
oGenital contact
Gage Canadian Dictionary
oJoining of sexual organs
Sexual Health
Sexual 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 infirmity. Sexual
health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual
relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual
experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be
attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected,
and fulfilled.
oMore of a political statement and not a scientific definition
What Topics Should (Not?) Go in a Course About Sex?
Rape (first class demo)
oNot about sexuality but about power
oWhat do we know about rapists?
Other Topics that Should Be In the Course
Decades of how the views of sexuality have evolved
History of the Study of Sexuality
oReinventing the wheel? (Is there anything new under the sun? Class demo)
Barely anything new in regards to sexology
oDocumenting our attitudes/values
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