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sexuality

[‚sek·shə′wal·əd·ē]
(biology)
The sum of a person's sexual attributes, behavior, and tendencies.
The psychological and physiological sexual impulses whose satisfaction affords pleasure.
(psychology)
The quality of being sexual, or the degree of a person's sexual attributes, attractiveness, and drives.

sexuality

  1. (common usage) a natural or essential property of the individual which finds expression through sexual activities and relationships.
  2. an object of physiological, psychological and sociological investigation first established in the 19th-century by sexologists such as Havelock Ellis and Krafft-Ebing and the psychoanalyst FREUD, and continued by many others, e.g. Kinsey et al. (1948).
  3. an area of social and cultural behaviour subject to state regulation and control, particularly in the context of prostitution and HOMOSEXUALITY.
  4. (general sociological usage) personal and interpersonal expression of those socially constructed qualities, desires, roles and identities which have to do with sexual behaviour and activity
  5. a social process involving both institutional and experiential dimensions of sexual relationships.
  6. a normative set of expectations concerning sexual practices.
  7. preference for, or an orientation towards, specific forms of sexual expression and desire.
Sociological usages of the term frequently stress the social and cultural relativity of norms surrounding sexual behaviour and the sociohistorical construction of sexual identities and roles. In doing so, it contrasts with common usage which regards sexuality as a property largely intrinsic to the individual or as something which is determined by the early psychosexual experiences of the child (see FREUD). Writers such as FOUCAULT (1979) and Weeks (1985) have challenged naturalistic and essentialist arguments, referring to the way in which cultural definitions of sexuality and the control of the BODY are exercised ‘among other ways’ by the medium of systematic knowledge. Desire and the objects of desire are seen as being shaped by social forces (see also EROTICISM). Sexuality and its social constructions have featured in debates within feminist and gay politics, where androcentric and heterosexist definitions of sexuality are seen to be inimical to the interests of women and gays.

Sexuality

Flowers of Evil, The
thoroughly explore the possibilities of vice, depravity, and sin. [Fr. Poetry: Baudelaire The Flowers of Evil in Magill III, 399]
Hite Report
surveys men’s sexual habits and performance. [Amer. Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Ideal Marriage
Van de Velde study of the physiology and technique of marital sex. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Joy of Sex, The
popular 20th-century sex manual. [Misc.: Dr. Alex Comfort The Joy of Sex in Weiss, 239]
Kinsey reports
pioneer explorations of sexual behavior based on interviews with 100,000 men and women. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Masters and Johnson
published a study of sexual performance under laboratory conditions. [Sexology: Masters and Johnson Human Sexual Response in Weiss, 214]
Morel, Paul
his Oedipus complex makes erotic fulfillment impossible. [Br. Lit.: D. H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers in Magill I, 913]
Psychology of Sex, The
seven-volume Ellis work revolutionized attitudes toward sex and sexual problems. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
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Thus while focusing on the specific relationship of marriage, the sixth commandment actually touches upon the very nature of human sexuality, the entire range of man-woman relationships and our common vocation to love and communion.
A scan of the table of contents reveals research agendas that explore the diversity of human sexuality in terms of both identity and behaviour.
Consequently, many of the more recent studies examining the effect of human sexuality courses focus more exclusively on student attitudes towards this specific issue.
Given the wide spectrum of churches from different regions, traditions and denominations in the ecumenical movement, there are no unified opinions on the different facets of human sexuality.
The author should have simply presented the findings as a postwar time capsule of American views on human sexuality.
The denouncing of Human Sexuality then and The Sexual Person now--33 years later--indicates nothing has changed and that we are hearing the repetition of a conventional mantra: They are not in accord with traditional/authentic (i.
SIECUS has a very comprehensive approach to human sexuality education that focuses on utilizing evidence-based programs to prevent HIV infection, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Traditional views of human sexuality posit models of man and woman in which biological arrangements are translated into sociocultural imperatives.
The only way, then, that we can create a culture which respects the human person at all stages of life is if we are open to life in the very area where life begins: human sexuality.
Hicks, with the aid of correspondence from expert human sexuality researchers, Unleashing Her G-Spot Orgasm: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Ultimate Sexual Ecstasy lives fully up to its title.
This destructive Christian sexual ethic was certainly in full sway by the establishment of the Christian canon at the end of the third century, and stands in demeaning contrast to the celebrative biblical ethic of human sexuality.
Lotions, potions, sex toys and methods are covered in a lively first-person account of the author's travels to Asia and survey of aphrodisiacs--a funny, lively coverage and a welcome addition to Human Sexuality supplemental reading lists.

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