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Chapter 11

Psychology 2075 Chapter Notes - Chapter 11: Human Sexual Activity, Married People, Cybersex

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PSYCH 2075
William Fisher

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Psychology 2075 Chapter 11: Sexuality and the Life Cycle: Adulthood
Sex and the Single Person
Sexual Unfolding Development
Struggles over sexual orientation seem to be more difficult for men than for women
because heterosexuality is such an important cornerstone of the male role in many
Achieving sexual maturity: becoming responsible about sex, and developing a capacity
for intimacy
The Never-Married
This group includes those who intend to marry someday and those who have decided to
remain single, perhaps living in a long-term common-law relationship
Most adults in Canada do marry
Some young men and women decide to live both single and sexually celibate or chaste
(abstaining from intercourse)
Some people plan to remain single but not chaste. They find the single lifestyle exciting
and enjoy that freedom
Singleism: the stigmatizing and stereotyping of people who are not in a socially
recognized couple relationship
Being Single
At one extreme, there is the singles scene. It is institutionalized in such forms as singles
apartment complexes and singles bars
An alternative way of meeting people is through singles ads, most frequently these days
on the internet as part of online dating
Relationship may evolve to include cybersex, where partners engage in sexual talk
online for the purpose of sexual pleasure
Cohabiting is an opportunity to explore a more serious commitment
Cohabitation has become an increasingly common alternative to marriage
When two people live together as a couple for 12 continuous months but are not legally
married to each other, they are in a common-law relationship
In most of Canada, cohabitation is typically seen as a relationship stage preceding
Marriages that are preceded by cohabitation are more likely to end in separation than
marriages that are not preceded by cohabitation
Canadians whose first marriage has dissolved often choose common-law over
People living in common-law relationships of some permanence are entitled to most of
the same legal rights as married individuals
All Canadians have the right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation
The three most important reasons Canadians give for getting married are that it signifies
their commitment, is consistent with their moral values and beliefs, and reflects their
belief that children should have married parents
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