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.


Sexual intercourse.


Arousing sexual feelings or desires.


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


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.


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.


The practice of having one spouse.


Sexually responsive to either gender.


Sexual love of boys.


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


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


A sexual activity involving oral contact with the penis.


A sexual activity involving oral contact with the female genitals.


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


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


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.


Sexual intercourse. (not coitus)


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


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


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


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


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


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