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The sum of a person's sexual attributes, behavior, and tendencies.
The psychological and physiological sexual impulses whose satisfaction affords pleasure.
The quality of being sexual, or the degree of a person's sexual attributes, attractiveness, and drives.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- (common usage) a natural or essential property of the individual which finds expression through sexual activities and relationships.
- 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).
- an area of social and cultural behaviour subject to state regulation and control, particularly in the context of prostitution and HOMOSEXUALITY.
- (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
- a social process involving both institutional and experiential dimensions of sexual relationships.
- a normative set of expectations concerning sexual practices.
- preference for, or an orientation towards, specific forms of sexual expression and desire.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
SexualityFlowers of Evil, The
thoroughly explore the possibilities of vice, depravity, and sin. [Fr. Poetry: Baudelaire The Flowers of Evil in Magill III, 399]
surveys men’s sexual habits and performance. [Amer. Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Joy of Sex, The
Van de Velde study of the physiology and technique of marital sex. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
popular 20th-century sex manual. [Misc.: Dr. Alex Comfort The Joy of Sex in Weiss, 239]
Masters and Johnson
pioneer explorations of sexual behavior based on interviews with 100,000 men and women. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
published a study of sexual performance under laboratory conditions. [Sexology: Masters and Johnson Human Sexual Response in Weiss, 214]
Psychology of Sex, The
his Oedipus complex makes erotic fulfillment impossible. [Br. Lit.: D. H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers in Magill I, 913]
seven-volume Ellis work revolutionized attitudes toward sex and sexual problems. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.