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Intimate Relationships Chapter 9

by: Kathryn Hardison

Intimate Relationships Chapter 9 HDFS 1610

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Intimate Relationships Chapter 9
Intimate Relationships and Marriage
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Date Created: 03/13/16
Intimate Relationships Chapter 9­ Sexuality in Relationships  Physical Intimacy o Relationships  One of the defining characteristics of romantic relationships  Couples construct patterns of sexual behaviors to aid each persons’ desires o Society  Media are saturated with highly sexualized images and languages, yet we  hold more conservative attitudes about sex  We tend to endorse a permissiveness with affection standard  Sex is acceptable in the context of a loving relationship but not  with strangers or people we care little about o Personal  A restricted sociosexual orientation reflects the belief that sex should  happen only in the context of a committed relationship  An unrestricted sociosexual orientation tends to endorse sexual encounters without love  Sexual Behaviors o Kinsey  In the 1940s and 1950s, Kinsey found changing and stable trends in sexual behavior  Developed a scale to represent sexual orientation, raging from exclusively  homosexual to heterosexual  He argues that people can’t be accurately categorized because of fantasies o Sexuality in Noncommittal Relationships  “hooking up”  “friends with benefits” o Sexuality in Committed Relationships  Improving sex in relationships:  Having sex more often, feeling in control, feeling capable, feeling  close to one’s partner, openly communicating about sex o Sexual Communication  Communicating desire  Before a consensual sexual encounter can occur, each party must  be aware that the other is interested in having sex  Openly discussing likes and dislikes, both during the sexual act  and in other conversations, is a key component of sexual  satisfaction


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