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Lecture 2 - Circles of Sexuality

by: Leslie Ogu

Lecture 2 - Circles of Sexuality HLWL 1109

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In this class, we began discussing the different circles of sexuality and how they all relate to one another. In essence, these are the factors that explain things like our sexual orientation, like...
Human Sexuality
Philip W. Lucas
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Men, Women, Circles, sexuality, sensuality, Intimacy, sexual, Identity, reproduction, health, sexualization, flirting, rape, incest, attitudes, feelings, orientation, Gender, bias, role, sharing, caring, risk-taking, desire, fantasy, reality




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Date Created: 09/01/16
Leslie Ogu HLWL 1109  09/01/2016 ­ C​ ircles of Sexuality    History of Men and Women  ➢ In prehistoric times, and even seen today, men typically have the ​“fight or  flight”​ response to either engage the danger or run to bring the danger away  from others  ➢ Women usually have the ​“tend and befriend”​ response where they would  befriend each other and discuss any issues they may be having    Circles of Sexuality  ➢ This relates to how different people in circles of sexuality interest with one  another  ➢ Sensuality:​ awareness, acceptance of, and comfort with one’s own body;  physiological and psychological enjoyment of one’s own body and the bodies of  others; awareness and enjoyment of the world as experiences through the  senses: touch, feel, sight, and hearing  ○ Ex: Body Image  ■ Feeling attractive and proud of one’s own body  ○ Ex: Fantasy  ■ The brain gives people the capacity to have fantasies about sexual  behaviors and experiences  ■ Sometimes someone may “ooze” of sensuality because they give  the vibe or feeling of desire  ○ Ex: Desire  ■ The need to be touched and held by others in loving, caring ways  ● Also referred to as ​skin hunger  ● Doesn’t necessarily mean sex; just contact  ➢ Intimacy:​ the ability and need to experience emotional closeness to another  human being and have it returned  ○ Ex: Sharing  ■ Sharing intimacy is what makes personal relationships rich,  intimacy focuses on ​emotional closeness​, not ​physical closeness  ○ Ex: Caring  ■ Caring about others means feeling their joy and their pain. It means  being open to emotions that may not be comfortable or confident  ○ Ex: Risk­taking  ■ To have true intimacy with others, a person must be open and  share feelings and personal information  ■ Theory​: “Peeling the layers of an onion”  ○ Ex: Vulnerability  ■ To have intimacy means that we share and care, like or love, and  take emotional risks, which makes us vulnerable  ➢ Sexual Identity:​ a sense of whom one is sexually, including a sense of  maleness or femaleness  ○ Ex: Gender Identity  ■ Knowing whether one is male or female. Sometimes a person’s  biological gender is not the same as their gender identity. This is  called being ​ ransgender  ○ Ex: Gender Role  ■ Identifying actions and or behaviors for each gender  ○ Ex: Gender Bias  ■ Holding stereotype opinions about people according to their gender  ○ Ex: Sexual Orientation  ■ Whether a person’s primary attraction is to people of the other  gender (heterosexual) or the same gender (homosexual) or both  genders (bisexual)  ➢ Reproduction and Sexual Health:​ attitudes and behaviors related to producing  children, care and maintenance of the sex and reproductive organs, and health  consequences of sexual behavior  ○ Ex: Reproductive anatomy  ■ The male and female body and the ways in which they function  ○ Ex: Attitudes  ■ A wide range, when it comes to sexual expression and reproduction  ○ Ex: Sexual feelings  ■ How we feel about our sexual health, and sexual intercourse  ➢ Sexualization:​ the use of sexuality to influence control, or manipulate others  ○ Ex: Flirting  ■ Relatively harmless, however, it is usually an attempt to manipulate  someone else  ■ Sometimes, people are unaware that they are even doing it  ○ Ex: Seduction  ■ A more harmful behavior that flirting. It always implies manipulating  someone else, usually so that the other person will have sexual  intercourse with the seducer  ○ Ex: Sexual harassment  ■ An illegal behavior  ■ Harassing someone else because of his or her gender  ○ Ex: Rape  ■ Forcing someone of the opposite or same sex to have genital  contact with another  ○ Ex: Incest  ■ Forcing sexual contact on any minor who is related to the  perpetrator by birth or marriage  ■ Doesn’t have to just be minors 


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