Psychology 2075 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Sex Organ, Child Abuse, Health Promotion

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Human Sexuality - Lecture 4 - Anatomy & Physiology
Why anatomy?
Why do we need to understand anatomy?
Understanding our anatomy is fundamental to our health
Individuals are in an ideal position to identify subtle, yet important (!), changes to their
own anatomy
Health promotion and disease prevention
Genital Self-Image
What is genital self-image?
Our attitudes and feelings towards our genitals
How we feel: are we proud, embarrassed or ashamed?
Thoughts of size, small, taste and hair
Influenced by:
Our perception of whether our genitals fit with cultural norms
Example: Media and porn
Our sexual experiences
Child abuse and sexual violence
Medical conditions
What is genital self-image linked to?
Sexual satisfaction and desire (not arousal)
How can we promote a positive genital self-image?
Become educated, being non judgemental
Anatomy
Are there similarities between male and female anatomy?
● Yes...but
But, female anatomy and physiology is more complicated
Why? Fluctuating hormones, menstrual cycles, and menopause
Some sexual anatomy has similar embryonic origins or functions..
Come from same thing or origins
What body parts are similar to each other
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Vulva
Mons veneris
Covered/ not with hair
Labia majora
Outer lips
Sim to scrotum
Has fat, more protective
Labia minora
Inner lips
Minora has no fat, elastic
● Clitoris
Function: pleasure
Prepuce of clitoris is hood
Important why?
Clitoris is very sensitive and has 8,000 nerve endings
Prepuce protects it
Vaginal opening
○ Introitus
● Vestibule
Anything inside lady minora
3 holes in area
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Human sexuality - lecture 4 - anatomy & physiology. Understanding our anatomy is fundamental to our health. Individuals are in an ideal position to identify subtle, yet important (! Our attitudes and feelings towards our genitals. Thoughts of size, small, taste and hair. Our perception of whether our genitals fit with cultural norms. But, female anatomy and physiology is more complicated. Some sexual anatomy has similar embryonic origins or functions What body parts are similar to each other. Clitoris is very sensitive and has 8,000 nerve endings. Distance between anus to vaginal opening - anogential distance. Labia minora has fochet which is visible until pregnancy. Covered with pubic hairwhich can be of many different styles! Hair serves chafing, irritation and protects sensitive skin. Pubic hair serves many functionsbut pubic hair removal is very popular. Promoting to get rid of pubic hair. Large folds of skin that run downward from the mons along the sides of the vulva.

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