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Lecture 1

SOC 123 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Erotophilia, Sex Organ, Biopsychosocial Model

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SOC 123
Jennifer Woodruff

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Perhaps Alfred Kinsey was the first person to teach a college course on sexuality; early 1940s.
- Before then, our society was quite repressive, and professors were even at risk for
studying sexuality.
- Many courses developed in the 1960s-1970s (after the sexual revolution)
- It has been stated that courses taught in the 1960s-1970s were more explicit and
open than courses taught now.
Perspectives on Sexuality
Sexual Intelligence
1. Understanding oneself
2. Having interpersonal skills and integrity
3. Scientific knowledge about sexuality
4. Awareness of context- broader cultural and political contexts of sex.
- Book argues that a combo of psychological and social factors influence sexuality.
o Recognizes importance of biology
o So, biopsychosocial?
Different influences on Sexuality
Psychological influences: personality, mood, learned associations
Cultural & Societal Influences: society, subgroups within society, institutions
Extraversion: related to having more sexual partners and engaging in sexual risk taking.
Erotophilia: exhibit strong negative emotions and attitudes toward sex
Sex: refers to sexual anatomy
Sex: also refers to sexual behavior
Gender Roles: ways in which a gender is expected to behave
Sexual Behaviors: Behavior that produces arousal and increases the chance of orgasm.
Have You Had Sex If You...... (survey)
Deep Kissing? ................................2%
Touch Each Other’s Genitals ........13.9%
Oral Contact with Genitals............39.9%
Anal Intercourse............................81%
Penile-Vaginal Intercourse............99.5%
50% of people think that oral sex is sex
Studying Sexuality from a scientific perspective
- Very different from how sex is approached by therapists, poets, journalists
- Involves using scientific methods (surveys, experiments, etc.)
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