The Psychological Scenario of Joanne and Arthur

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The relationship depicted within Scenario 1 Joanne and Arthur appears to be one defined by sexual liberation and a mutual level of respect for one another's mutual sexual needs and desires. Joanne and Arthur would seem to be a representation of the modern sexual morality, in which both males and females are free to pursue their personal sexual preferences without fear of violating social taboo or similar traditionalized gender boundaries. That both parties are willing and able to openly discuss their sexual predilections, both within the confines of the bedroom and in the presence of a physician, speaks to the widespread generational shift towards sexual liberation which has occurred during the last few decades. After reading through this particular scenario, I found myself contemplating the revolutionary research conducted by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940's and 1950's, as it occurred to me that much of the exchange between Joanne and Arthur would not have been possible prior to Kinsey's bold studies of human sexuality. Prior to the groundbreaking findings published by Kinsey in his Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), sexual activity was viewed by society in utilitarian terms, as both a method of procreation and to strengthen the marital bond. Kinsey's advocacy of sex as a human pursuit to be enjoyed pleasurably and comfortably by willing adults paved the way for our current generation's ability to discuss contraception and
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