Sexuality & Sexual health: An Overview

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  • Sexuality & Sexual health: An Overview

    1. 1. Human Sexuality & Sexual Health Onika Henry
    2. 2. Page  2 At Dusk It was that time of evening, just before dark. The house was empty except for the two of them. As they lay together entwined in a warm embrace, this room, this bed, was the universe. She stroked the nape of his neck. He nuzzled her erect nipple, first gently with his nose, then licked it, tasted, smelled and absorbed her body odour. It wa a hot and humid August day, and they had been perspiring. Slowly, he caressed her breast as he softly rolled his face over the contours of the other. He pressed his body close against her, sighed, and completely tired, closed his eyes and soon fell into a deep sleep. Ever so slowly she slipped herself out from under him, for fear fear she would disturb him; she cradled him in her arms and then moved him to his crib. Having completed his 6 o„clock feeding, the 4-month-old had just experienced another important step toward his sexual development.
    3. 3. What do you think? •Some would not recognize any sexual overtones at all •Others may be surprised that is isn‟t sexual in the way it first seemed to be Two Important Concepts: 1. It suggests the important early beginnings or our sexual development 2. It reminds us that what we assume to be sexual or erotic, do not always remain true for all situations and cultures.
    4. 4. Page  4 Safer Sex Salad Game!
    5. 5. Page  5 What are ……. Sexuality and Sexual Health? A Total Sensory Experience …… (touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight) Involving the most important sex organ …. Ability to ENJOY & CONTROL our sexual & reproductive lives. The BRAIN And of course, it involves the BODY
    6. 6. Page  6 SEXUALITY  Expression of who we are  It involves thoughts  It involves feelings  It involves sexual expression and sexual relationships  It involves the biology of the sexual response system SEXUAL HEALTH The ability to enjoy and express one‟s sexuality: Free from risks of sexually transmitted infections Free from unwanted pregnancy Free from force Free from violence Free from discrimination
    7. 7. Page  7 Sexual Orientation & Sexual Behaviour  Sexual Orientation – the erotic or romantic attraction (or “preference”) for sharing sexual expression with members of the opposite sex (heterosexual), one‟s own sex (homosexual), or both sexes (bisexual)  Sexual Behaviours - are actions (touching, kissing and other stimulation of the body) related to the expression of one‟s sexuality.  Sexual Practices – activities related to sexual expression that are performed habitually or repeatedly.  Sexual behaviours and practices are what people “do” sexually with others or themselves.  Sexual practices do not always indicate a sexual orientation or identity (e.g. persons may practice a sexual behaviour for survival, money, for power over another individual, or because society says it‟s acceptable even if they it is not that person‟s orientation
    8. 8. Page  8 SEX, SOCIETY AND CULTURE  Ms. W is a married woman seeking counselling at a health clinic. She is concerned that her husband is „gay‟ because he wants to have anal sex. What is she confused about?  Lana is married with 7 children and her husband works a long distance from home. Lana‟s day involves feeding the children, cooking, cleaning, getting them to school, carrying water, gardening, laundry for herself and for a living. At the end of the day, she is exhausted and her husband expects to have sexual relations whenever he wants. All the women in her community are expected to obey their husbands‟ demands for sex. Is this about her sex or gender?  A couple of students have asked their teacher, Mr. Williams if “oral sex is a sin” in their religion. They are told this, but have heard many people say they do this and they are confused about the information given. Formal or informal, values or religion?
    9. 9. Page  9 SEX, SOCIETY AND CULTURE Attitudes towards contraception, (commercial) sex work, anal sex, sex education Do laws protect, do they try to regulate sexual behaviour, do some engage in sex for survival or while away from home, polygamy, slavery etc. Formal and Informal values. Sex as “sacred”, some practices are “sin”, everyone is “doing it”, sex is for the youth etc. What should/not men do? What should/not women do?
    10. 10. VALUES Let‟s find out! AGREE DISAGREE NOT SURE
    11. 11. Page  11 THE KEY BODY TOOLS FOR SEX!!!  The most important sex organ - controls all our sexual responses, releases sex hormones, creates sex fantasies that stimulates the body The largest sexual organ – has nerves that respond to touch, temperature and texture. Some areas are very sensitive (like the genitals, nipples, backs of knees) and can lead to arousal and pleasure. – for both men and women may provide sexual pleasure
    12. 12. Page  12 THE KEY BODY TOOLS FOR SEX!!!
    13. 13. Page  13 THE KEY BODY TOOLS FOR SEX!!!
    14. 14. Page  14 THE KEY BODY TOOLS FOR SEX!!!
    15. 15. The Female Sexual Response Cycle & Mens’ Sexuality – The Basics What happens during sex!!
    16. 16. WHAT AFFECTS SEXUAL FUNCTION? When things are not quite what you‟d like …
    17. 17. Page  17 What affects sexual function? Psychological/Emotional factors (stress, negative body image, fear of getting an STI, performance anxiety, negative sexual experiences) Biological/Physiological factors (medical conditions, aging, physical injury (spinal cord), hormonal contraceptives, pregnancy, substance abuse) Interpersonal/social factors (peer pressure, poor communication skills, abuse, attitude toward sexual orientation, conflicts, uncertainty of how behave) Environmental factors (culture, gender, availability of partners, lack of privacy)
    18. 18. JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF SEX CAN WE HAVE SEXUALITY WITHOUT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ???
    19. 19. Page  19
    20. 20. Page  20 CHALLENGE & CHOICE  SEX IS NICE  SEX IS ADDICTIVE  SEX EXPOSES ONE TO INFECTIONS AND DISEASES – SOME CURABLE, SOME DEADLY, SOME CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO TISSUES  SEX BRINGS US THE JOYS OF CHILDREN OR THE CHALLENGE OR CHILD REARING  SEX IS STILL TABOO FOR MANY  SEX DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN LOVE AND COMMITTMENT
    21. 21. Page  21 CHALLENGE & CHOICE One can choose to abstain from sexual activity until he/she feels a sense of empowerment and self awareness Couples can choose to express sexuality by giving each other sexual pleasure without sexual intercourse Masturbation alone or together is safe, once body fluids are not exchanged
    22. 22. Page  22 Sex Fishbowl Activity

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