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History of Sexuality

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McGill University
PSYC 436
Irving Binik

← Notes: • 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 o All these elements are involved in what we think about sexuality o No differences of gender o Tactile stimuli as only sense (what about visual? Or some other sense?) o Area of emotion is less well developed o Social and cultural context – model based on the individual (affected by culture, interpersonal things, etc.) o No concept of sexual desire – been a crucial pt in most theories but void in this model • Sexual Behavior Sequence (Byrne) o Social-psychological model o Talks about affective responses, interpersonal responses, imaginative responses o Acknowledges the existence of behavior o Deals with socio-cultural o Strengths: socio-cultural aspects o Weakness: 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) o Contact 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 o Coitus • Oxford Concise o Physical contact btwn individuals involving sexual stimulation of the genitals usually resulting in an ejaculation of semen • Canadian Oxford o Genital contact • Gage Canadian Dictionary o Joining 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. o More of a political statement and not a scientific definition ← What Topics Should (Not?) Go in a Course About Sex? • AIDS (STIs) • Rape (first class demo) o Not about sexuality but about power o What 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 • Advantages o Reinventing the wheel? (Is there anything new under the sun? Class demo)  Barely anything new in regards to sexology o Documenting our attitudes/values • Problems o What people actually did? o Mostly written
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