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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 2100
Cindy Clarke

Chapter 8 - Sexual Techniques and Behaviour Patterns The following are key concepts to consider when reviewing this chapter: (1) The body is sensitive to many forms of sexual stimulation (2) Biology does not impose behavioural requirements Solitary Sexual Behaviour - Fantasy and Masturbation Fantasy – “sexually deprived individuals fantasize most about sex” Harold and Pelletier, their study indicates that those individuals with more sexual partners and sexual experience tend to engage more in sexual fantasies Can be experienced without sexual behaviour By couples or individuals Women and Fantasy Women use fantasy as: pleasant way to pass the time, become aroused, achieve orgasm, fall asleep. Women and men engage in fantasy alone or with a partner Men more often engage in cognitive stimulation, i.e. text, to initiate stimulation. Fantasy can be both negative and positive Most positive fantasies involve loved ones Negative fantasy does not mean you will follow through with the negative activity. Masturbation Rehearse sexual encounters, fantasy and fill in for missing loved one Older dictionary define masturbation as self abuse May be practiced by manual stimulation of genitals Aid of artificial stimulator Learn early in childhood that masturbation and touching may produce pleasure Historical Views Judeo-Christian tradition – strongly condemned as sinful- reflects the censure associated with non procreative acts Spilling of seed, negative Jews and Christians in ancient times condemned sexual practices not leading to pregnancy because of need to increase its numbers Need for children linked to view coitus as only acceptable within marriage Historic Medical Views 18 century physicians believed masturbation was physically and mentally harmful and degrading It was believed that masturbation led to a )tuberculosis, b)nervous disease, c)poor eye sight, d)memory loss, e) epilepsy Parents encouraged to provide diets with minimal stimulating foods Simulating foods included, meat, coffee, tea and chocolate Gains believed to be food that was not stimulating Graham Crackers and Corn Flakes 1830’s, Rev. Sylvester Graham, developed graham crackers to inhibit stimulation Dr. Kellogg (1852-1943) He identified 39 signs that an individual masturbates, two examples: convulsions, rounded shoulders Suggested bandaging hands and caging genitals as methods to control sexual desires Controlling sexual desires by including cornflakes in diet You might find the following article interesting: Porn Flakes: Kellog, Graham and the Cr
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