Human Sexuality Chapter 1 Terms

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Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity Chapter 1 Key Terms

One's personal, social, and legal status as male or female.

Gender

Sexual intercourse.

Coitus

Arousing sexual feelings or desires.

Erotic

Mutual sexual stimulation that may or may not lead to sexual intercourse.

Foreplay

The ways in which we experience and express ourselves as sexual beings.

Human Sexuality

The qualities in life that are deemed important or unimportant, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable.

Values

Worship of the penis as symbol of generative power.

Phallic Worship

Images of the penis.

Phallic Symbols

The prohibition against intercourse and reproduction among close blood relatives.

Incest Taboo

The practice of having two or more spouses at the same time.

Polygamy

The practice of having one spouse.

Monogamy

Sexually responsive to either gender.

Bisexual

Sexual love of boys.

Pederasty

A prostitute-especially the mistress of a noble or wealthy man.

Courtesan

A secondary wife, usually of inferior legal and social status.

Concubine

A sexual activity involving oral contact with the penis.

Fellatio

A sexual activity involving oral contact with the female genitals.

Cunnilingus

A person who engages in the scientific study of sexual behavior.

Sexologist

The development of a species to its present state, a process that is believed to involve adaptations to its environment.

Evolution

The evolutionary process by which adaptive traits enable members of a species to survive to reproductive age and transmit these traits to future generations.

Natural Selection

The theory that dispositions toward behavior patterns that enhance reproductive success may be genetically transmitted.

Evolutionary Psychology

Something that is similar or comparable to something else.

Analogue

Sexual intercourse. (not coitus)

Copulation

The theory of personality originated by Sigmund Freud, which proposes that human behavior represents the outcome of clashing inner forces.

Psychoanalysis

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing's concept of one who experiences sexual desire at too old or young an age.

Paradoxia

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing's concept of one who experiences insufficient sexual desire.

Anesthesia

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing's concept of one who experiences excessive sexual desire.

Hyperesthesia

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing's concept of one who experiences sexual desire for anyone/thing besides the opposite sex, and simply for procreation.

Paraesthesia

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