Perspectives on Sexuality

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Perspectives on Sexuality I. Define/explain the following terms: 1. Sex: “Biological maleness and femaleness” (Crooks, p. G7). 2. Intercourse: “the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur” (dictionary.com). 3. Heterosexual: “Sexually oriented to persons of the opposite sex” (dictionary.com). 4. Homosexual: “A person whose primary erotic, psychological, emotional, and social orientation is toward members of the same sex” (Crooks, p. G4). 5. Bisexual: “Sexual attraction to both men and women” (Crooks, p. G1). 6. Celibacy: The state of being unmarried and abstaining from sexual intercourse, as superior to marriage (Crooks,…show more content…
One thing for sure as long as human relationships remain complicated human behavior will be interpreted in many ways including what is the “normal” of sexual behavior. III. Discuss how the sex-for-procreation legacy has evolved legacy has evolved historically, and explain how this theme affects sexual attitudes and behaviors today. The sex-for-procreation legacy is the historical view that North America had in regards to sexual activity. The Roman Catholic Church, as well as pro-life advocates, still holds the belief that the role of sex is for procreation (reproduction). This view follows along the line that birth control should not be used, that abstaining from sex is the method that is acceptable. These groups focus on the fact that sex is not for pleasure. As time has passed, so have the view of North American’s on what is or is not constituted as sex or intercourse. The act of sex has been synonymous with intercourse so teenager and other young adults do not think that acts like oral sex, petting, or kissing constitute an act of sex. If asked, most American teenagers would say that the actual act of penetration is sex, not intercourse. Another factor in the viewpoint is the seemingly wide acceptance of homosexuality as normal, which does not fit the model of sex-for-procreation. Another factor is the significance and distinguishing factors
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