Psychology 2075 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Safe Sex, Dental Dam, Anal Sex

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HumanSexualityLecture8SexualBehaviors
Whatdoes‘SEX’mean?
● Surveyof298firstyearundergraduates
o90%penilevaginalintercourse
o83%penileanalintercourse
o1215%manualgenitaltouching
o25%oralgenitalstimulation
● Whydodefinitionsaboutsexmatter?
oAbletodescribe
oRelatetohealth
● Whatarethemostcommonsexualbehaviorsthathumansparticipatein?
oKissing,foreplay,oralsex,selfesteem,positions
● Varyamongdifferentpersons,relationships,andoverthecourseoflifespan
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Celibacy
● Whatiscelibacy?
oWhenaphysicallymatureindividualdoesnotengageinsexualbehaviours
● Completecelibacy
oNomasturbationorsexualcontactwithanotherperson
● Partialcelibacy
oIndividualmasturbatesbutnointerpersonalsexualcontact
● Whycelibacy?
oReligiousdevotion
oCelibacyuntilmarriage(religiousormoral)
oHealthrelatedconcerns
oPersonalpreferenceorchoice
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Autoeroticism
● Sexualactivitiesthatinvolveonlytheself
● Intrapersonalactivity(withinindividual)
oSexualfantasies
oEroticdreams
oSelfmasturbation
● Dopeopleparticipateinautoeroticactivitiesbecausetheydonothaveasexpartner?
oFalse
● TraditionallycondemnedinWesternsociety
oViewednegatively
oBoysaretaught,girlsscolded
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Fantasy
● Mostcommonformsofsexualexpressioninexistence
● Ourunderstandingoffantasieshaschanged...
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oThoughtofasdysfunction
oWhywouldyouifyouhaveaspouse?
● Normal
oResearchshowsmajorityofmenandwomenreporthavingeroticfantasies
● Drivingforcebehindhumansexuality
● Liberalattitudes
● Moresexualexperience(Kahr,2008)
oMorefantasies
● Nofantasies?Linkstosexualdissatisfactionanddysfunction(Cado&Leitenberg,1990)
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Fantasy
● Sexualthoughtsorimagesthatalteraperson’semotionalorphysiologicalstate
oNotalwaysarousedincreasebloodflowingenitals,musclestense,erection
● Majorityoffantasiesresultinpositivefeelings
oSomefantasizenegative
● Regardedascommon,moral,acceptableandmorebeneficialthanharmful
● Reasons?
oIncreasearousalorachieveorgasm
oIncreaseinterest,relievestressorboredom
oCopingorselfesteemreasons
oTohelpfallasleep
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Fantasy
● Howoftendomenandwomenthinkaboutsex?
o46%menthinkaboutsexseveraltimesaday
o11%womenthinkaboutsexseveraltimesaday
oMenthinkaboutsexMUCHmoreofteningeneral
oTrendsobservedacrossagesandeducationallevels
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Fantasy
● Whatdofantasiesmean?Whatpurposedotheyserve?
oFantasyfromboyfriendtomalestrangerormalefrienddependingonhowlongyou
guysaredating
oHealthyandhelpfulformofsexualexpression
● Directsexualgoals
oShowwhattheywant
● Rehearsal
● Escape
● Noveltyandexcitement
oDifferentsituationsandpeople
● Expressivefunction
oExpressthemselves
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Genderdifferences?
Men
oAnonymoussex
oMultiplepartners
oDominance
oExplicit
oActiveoraggressive
oDeviantfantasies?
§Outsideofnorm
§Sexwithanimals
§Publicsex
§Sexwithmorethan1partner
§Olderpartner,milf,dilf
● Women
oSexwithpartner
§Dependsonhowlongrelationshipis
oSinglepartner
oSubmission
oRomanticandemotional
oPassive
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SexualDreams
● Nocturnalorgasms
● 40%ofwomenreporthavingonecomparedto80%ofmen
● Isitreal?Yes!Physiologicalinnatureandthesame
● DuringREM,relativepulsepressureinthevaginaandpenisincreases
oIncreasebloodflow
● Areasinthebrainthatinhibitorgasm(prefrontalcortexandamygdala)are“offline”when
yousleep...
● Predictors?
oHavemoreorgasmswhileawakeandwillsameinsleep
oArousalbeforebed
oLiberalattitudes
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Masturbation
● Historicalviewsofmasturbation
oPhysicallyandmentallyharmful—“selfabuse”
§Preventmasturbation
§Acidputonclitoris
oDietandotherpreventionmethods
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Masturbation
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