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PSYO353-CH1: perspectives on human sexuality

Psychology 353 Aspects of Human Sexuality Chapter 1 Vocabulary
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Name the 12 Perspective on Human Sexuality
(i) The Historical Perspective (ii) The Biological Perspective (iii) The Evolutionary Perspective (iv) The Cross-Species Perspective (v) Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives (vi) Psychological Perspectives (vii) Sociological Perspectives (viii) Provincial Differences in Sexuality (ix) The Media and Sexuality (x) Feminist Theory (xi) Queer Theory (xii) Multiple Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Phallic worship
worship of the penis as a symbol of generative power
Phallic symbols
Images of the penis
Incest taboo
The prohibition against intercourse and reproduction among close blood relatives
Polygamy
The practice of having two or more spouses at the same time.
Monogamy
The practice of having one spouse
Bisexual
Sexually responsive to either gender
Pederasty
Sexual love of boys
Courtesan
A prostitute - especially the mistress of a noble or wealthy man.
Concubine
A secondary wife, usually of interior legal and social status.
Fellatio
A sexual activity involving oral contact with the penis.
Cunnilingus
A sexual activity involving oral contact with the female genitals.
Sexologist
A person who engages in the scientific study of sexual behaviour
Evolution
The development of a species to its present state, a process that is believed to involved adaptations to its environment.
Natural selection
The evolutionary process by which adaptive traits enable members of a species to survive to reproductive age and transmit these traits to future generations.
Evolutionary psychology
The theory that dispositions toward behaviour patterns that enhance reproductive success may be genetically transmitted.
Analogue
Something that is similar or comparable to something else
Copulation
Sexual intercourse.
Psychoanalysis
The theory of personality originated by Sigmund Freud, which proposes that human behaviour represents the outcome of clashing inner forces
Unconscious mind
Those parts or contents of themind that lie outside of conscious awareness.
Defense mechanisms
In psychoanalytic theory, automatic processes that protect the ego from anxiety by disguising or ejecting unacceptable ideas and urges.
Repression
The automatic ejection of anxiety-evoking ideas from consciousness
Erogenous Zones
Parts of the body, including byt not limited to the sex organs, that are responsive to secual stimulations.
Psychosexual development
In psychoanalytic theory, the process by which sexual feelings shift from one erogenous zone to another
Fixation
In psychoanalytic theory, arrested development, which includes attachment to traits and sexual preferences that are characteristic of an earlier stage of psychosexual development
Gender Roles
Complex clusters of ways in which males and females are expected to behave within a given culture.
Behaviourists
Learning theorists who argue that a scientific approach to understanding behaviour must refer only to observable and measurable behaviours, and who emphasize the importance of rewards and punishments in the learning process.
Modeling
Acquiring knowledge and skills by observing others.
Social-cognitive theory
A cognitively oriented learning theory in which observational learning, values, and expectations play key roles in determining behaviour.
Feminist theory
A theory that challenges acceptance of the male as the norm, traditional gender roles, and male oppression of females.
Queer theory
A theory that challenges heteronormativity and heterosexism
Homophobia
Although this term derives from roots meaning "fear of homosexuals," it usually refers to hatred of homosexuals.
Gender
One's personal, social, and legal status as male or female
Coitus
Sexual Intercourse
Erotic
Arousing sexual feelings or desires
Foreplay
Mutual sexual stimulation that may or may not lead to sexual intercourse
Human sexuality
The ways in which we experience and express ourselves as sexual beings
Values
The qualities in life that are deemed important or unimportant, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable.