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PSY 3122 Lecture Notes - Ofqual, Heterosexuality, Orgasm


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY 3122
Professor
Lisa Henry

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There is no 1 definition of human sexuality
Very broad definition
Slide 5:
Six dimensions model of sexuality:
Genitals, xy / xx
genetics
Sexual functioning and disorders
Sexual response: all physical responses of body to sexual stimulation, how body responds to sexual
stimulation
Hormones: estrogen, testosterone, progesterone
Biological sex : male/female
Brain chemistry
STI's (changed from disease, because diseases have symptoms and usually make you feel sick. But most
infections and asymptomatic despite infection. Infection if more accurate)
Biological
Orientation: debatable due to biological
Thoughts + desires = fantasy
Broad general identity, or alt. ones feeling of gender
Sexual Identity
Fetishes/preferences
Trauma
Very psychological, pedo's eroticise some aspect of children
Eroticism : all the thoughts, feelings, stuff in the brain maintaining or trigerring sexual arousal and
interest. Unique to each person, like fingerprints. Can be modelled from media and soceity (telling you
what you should be turned on by) affecting to certain degree...
Body image - self esteem (way you see yourself when you close your eyes)
Psychological dimension
rules around masculinity and femininity
Gender role
Norms/taboos
Fashion -> trends
Expectations are about stereotypes, going beyond gender roles. Stereotypes grounded into our ideas
of what it is to be a woman or a man
Media -> stereotypes
Peer pressure
Socio-cultural dimensions
Meaning: of certain behaviours or facets of sexuality, anchored into spirituality
What is important to me? What do I value? What are my priorities in life? What is the right
thing to do (personal morality)
Ethical decisions and choices
Values: can be adopted through religion, determined by ones morality
Who how why when of sexual behaviour
Rules of conduct and consequences
Moral, spiritual, and religious
Disappoint
Comfort
Love
Passion
Rejection
Confusion
Guilt
Disgust
Anger
Regret
Disobediant/obediant (lead to guilt, regret)
Loyalty
Emotional dimension
Learning!
Acquired information about sex (eg taking this course works on it)
Perception/evaluation (can be cognitive process)
Cognitive dimension
Sociocultural sticks out as an influence on our sexuality
There's more to it than just the biological (genticals, eroticism, arousal response)
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