PSYC 3480 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Clitoral Hood, Premarital Sex, Sexual Script Theory

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Psychology for Women Chapter 9
Background on women sexuality:
o Much more than a biological phenomenon
o Theoretical perspectives”:
Often limited to certain views of topics
Pay little attentions to female sexuality
Consider men’s sexuality normative; andocentric
Heterosexist biases toward women’s sexuality; assumed to be a man whose has
sex with
Sexual experiences often viewed from a purely biological basis; and all are
universal
Essentialism:
Gender is a basic stable trait that resides in person; all share same
Ignore social and pop culture which is so important to sexuality
Social constructionist:
Create sexuality from other and society beliefs
I.e. women’s sexual desires are unspoken of
Our culture even construct the vocab of sexuality
I.e. sex is not oral also
o Female sexual anatomy:
Labia fold inward; big lips
Mons pubis is the fatty tissue in front of pubic region
Clitoral hood cover clit
Sensitive organs plays roles in orgasm
High nerve endings; only for sex enjoyment
Vagina is the flexible where penis goes; birth
Urethral opening to urinate
o Sexual responses:
Emotions and thoughts are vital
General phases:
4 stages by masters n Johnson
1. Excitement phase-touching and erotic thoughts; blood rush
2. Vasocongestion- swelling from blood rush; moisture and enlargement
of clit
3. Plateau phase- clit shortens and draws buck under hood; extreme
sensitivity; hood now stimulates the clit
4. Orgasmic- uterus and outer vagina contract at interval a second a part
3-10 rapid contractions during orgasm
5. Resolution- return to normal states; 30 mins or more; may have more
orgasm before
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Cuddles, self disclosing, gazing is highly part of the sexuality
Gender comparisons:
Reasonably similar results among both sexes
Both experience psychologically similar phase and responses to orgasm
Women do not consider faster better
o Sexual desire:
A general feeling of need to engage in acts and sexuality
Variety of sex hormones associated with them
Social and cultural factors are similarly important
In most NA teenager are’ supposed to not feel desire’’
Larger difference than other factors
Men think abt sex more frequently ; want sexual activates more frequently;
imitate more frequently; interested in activates without romance; greater
number of partners
Explanations
Women cannot readily see sexual organs like men can
Women more concerned abt pregnancy
In future may focus on quality of sexual desire rather than strength of the desire
Some women may be higher in sex desire
Sexual attitude and behaviour:
o Attitudes abt female and male sexuality
Most believe non marital sex is okay
12-29 % in Ca/US...5%germany Sweden, 60% Philippines show that marriage is
prerequisite for sex
In NA men have more permissive attitudes toward sex than women; premarital
sex too
Sexual double standards:
60’s: Premarital was inappropriate for women; appropriate for men
Still portrayed in media
In real life it is less standard
No evidence for a modern sexual double standard; in other cultures may
still exist
o Sexual scripts:
Describes social norms for sexual behaviour which we learn by growing up in a
culture
Today’s is that men intimate sexual relationships; women comply or resist
Men’s erotic schedule regulates sex
Women in egalitarian and women simply not complying to sex
Males may use coercion and threats including even rape
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