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Biological aspects of sexuality

Sexuality is about reproduction (including raising children to maturity), our sex and gender; responsiveness, orientation and personality; and about appreciating the sexual anatomy & development of both genders.

Orientation is defined by who we are attracted to

We do not consciously decide nor can we choose to be homosexual or heterosexual. Neither does any aspect of our environment, such as attitudes in our family or the influence of others, cause us to become gay or straight. Our sexual orientation (whether we are aroused by or amenable to sex with a lover of…

The influence of religious beliefs on sexuality

Different cultures have their own set of values. Some families or individuals consider these beliefs to be more important than others. While we are children, our parents make choices for us in the belief that they are for our benefit. Once we are adult, we can decide on our own values. How we express our…

At puberty boys develop a reliable arousal cycle

The proper name for a boy’s willy is ‘penis’. There are many other slang words for the penis including ‘cock’, ‘dick’ and ‘prick’. Little boys have a small penis and testicles. These increase in size at adolescence. The size of the male genitals also increases as a man ages or puts on weight. At puberty…

Women make conscious effort to respond sexually

When female mammals are in heat they are amenable to allowing another animal (even a female) to mount them. In other species of animals, mating only occurs when the female is amenable (called ‘on heat’ or in oestrus) because this is when she is capable of being impregnated. Women are not limited by oestrus. They…

Responsibility for contraception and abortion

Reproduction is about the creation of life. Conception is truly amazing. It’s also a responsibility. To bring a new life into the world, involves a great deal of work and the need for parents to take responsibility for a child’s daily care and development. Without contraception a woman risks pregnancy every time she engages in…

Sexual responsiveness is a male characteristic

Reproduction involves the biology whereby a man impregnates a woman. A man’s arousal cycle is an essential (and so automatic) part of this process. Responsiveness including erection, ejaculation of sperm and the associated orgasm are all key aspects of male sexuality. When boys first start ejaculating, they have the highest responsiveness of any time in…