T he complexities of human sexuality play a part in everyone’s life and in virtually everything you do. Have you given much critical thought to your personal knowledge, desires, or identity as a sexual being? Most people haven’t. Yet, few areas in your life are more important topics for self-reflection than sex. How can you ensure for yourself a physically and emotionally gratifying sexual life? Do you have a sense of what you want or don’t want in terms of sexual intimacy with another person now or in the future?
Under what conditions and with whom will you feel comfortable allowing that intimacy to grow? What is your vision of a healthy and fulfilling romantic relationship? Can you be sure that you will make choices and decisions that are right for you when sexual situations arise? How will you keep yourself safe from unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual violence? How will you interact with others who are sexually different from you?
We will return to the theme of your self-knowledge, attitudes, and actions YOU at the close of this chapter—and every other chapter in this text—and offer you the opportunity to incorporate what you have learned in the chapter into 1. Do we really need a course about sex? I’m married your personal sexual philosophy. Remember, studying human sexuality is and have a child. I’d say I probably know about far more than “getting the facts. ” It is about knowing who you are, what everything I need to know. you want or don’t want, and planning ahead.
Human sexuality is a complex area of study that focuses on all aspects of humans as sexual beings. This includes such topics as sexual anatomy and responses, sexual feelings and behaviors, intimate relationships, sexual identity and desires, sexual health and well-being, and the way we perceive and express our individual sexual selves. Each chapter in this text is just one piece of the rich and challenging puzzle of human sexuality. In this chapter, we will examine the ways in which people learn about human sexuality.
In the most basic sense, these learning experiences may be divided into two categories: (1) experiencing your sexuality for yourself and (2) deepening your understanding of human sexuality issues. On the experiential side, we will explore your emotional reactions relating to sexuality, getting to know yourself as a sexual person, developing your personal set of sexual morals and values, making responsible choices about sexual activities, discovering the full range of sexually intimate behaviors, and enhancing your lifelong sexual fulfillment and satisfaction.
In order to attain a deeper understanding of sexuality, we will focus on its surprising complexity, rejecting sexual myths and misconceptions you may hold about sexuality, personal sexual philosophy A person’s unique foundation of knowledge, developing tolerance and respect for sexual diversity, acquiring a sense of what is sexually attitudes, and actions relating to what the “normal” and “abnormal,” staying sexually healthy, preparing to talk to your own children person wants and who he or she is as a about sex if and when the time comes, and becoming a critical, educated consumer of the sexual being.
Mass of research and reporting about human sexuality. human sexuality An area of research Later in this chapter we will review the scientific methods researchers use to study and study focusing on all aspects of humans human sexual behaviors, attitudes, and emotions. We will then consider the importance of as sexual beings. ethics as it relates to sexuality research.