HLT 200: Human Sexuality Chapter 1


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HLT 200: Human Sexuality Chapter 1

  1. 1. Studying Human Sexuality Chapter 1 Charles Lohman
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Human sexuality – an area of research and study focusing on all aspects of humans as sexual beings </li></ul><ul><li>Personal sexual philosophy – A person’s unique foundation of knowledge, attitude, and actions relating to what the person wants and who he or she is as a sexual being </li></ul>
  3. 3. Experiencing Human Sexuality <ul><li>We experience sexuality in many personal and subjective ways </li></ul><ul><li>Enriching Self-Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your perception of your own sexuality is a major part of you self-identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender identity – The sex (male or female) that a person identifies himself or herself to be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual orientation – Term specifying the sex of those to whom a person is primarily romantically, emotionally, and sexually attracted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sex Is Emotional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These feelings may include general discomfort, confusion, anxiety, embarrassment, anger </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developing Morals and Values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing yourself sexually is based on your personal set of morals and values </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Experiencing Human Sexuality <ul><li>Making Responsible Choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One factor in making responsible sexual choices is having a clear sense of your sexual morals and values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The more accurate and complete information you have about sex, the better prepared you are to make responsible choices about your behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sex Is More than Intercourse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many behaviors can be sexually fulfilling in themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhancing Sexual Fulfillment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The foundation for sexual fulfillment is based on accurate and authoritative information </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Understanding Human Sexuality <ul><li>It’s More Complex than You Think </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The biology of sex is far simpler than the psychological and social intricacies of sexual feelings, desires, choices, interaction, and behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People Know a Lot about Sex – And Much of It Is Wrong </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal sex education network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most of the sexual knowledge you possess probably came from your personal collection of casual, nonscientific sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tolerance and Respect for Sexual Diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research has demonstrated that students who take human sexuality courses increase their comfort level with various diverse groups </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Understanding Human Sexuality <ul><li>What is “Normal” Sexuality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the most common concerns people have about their sexuality is whether or not they are “normal” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But what is “normal” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sexual Health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refers to a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional issues relating to your sexuality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parenting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a parent, one of your important responsibilities is teaching your children about sex </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Sexual Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your ability to sort, analyze, and interpret sexual material </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Source <ul><li>Human Sexuality (Second Edition) by Roger R. Hock (ISBN-10: 0-205-66071-1) </li></ul>