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28 Cards in this Set

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sexual orientation
refers to a preference for sexual partners of the same sex, of the opposite sex, or of either sex
a person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex
a person who is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex
a person who is sexually attracted to members of both sexes
sexual script
norms that specify what is acceptable and what is unacceptable sexual activity, identify eligible sexual partners, and define the boundaries of sexual behavior in time and place
Sexual gratification obtained solely by stimulating one's own body
sexual self-pleasuring that involves some form of direct physical stimulation
Physical contact that produces erotic arousal without necessarily leading to sexual intercourse
Oral stimulation of a man's penis
Oral stimulation of a woman's genitals
sexual response
A person's physiological reaction to sexual stimulation
the cessation of the menstrual cycle
male climacteric
a "change of life" in men proposed by some as analogous to female menopause
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
diseases that are spread by contact with body parts or fluids that harbor what are usually bacterial or viral microorganisms
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
The virus that causes AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
A degenerative disease caused by a virus that attacks the body's immune system and makes it susceptible to a number of diseases such as pneumonia and cancer
the process of meeting people socially for possible mate selection
marriage market
courtship seen as a process in which prospective spouses compare the assets and liabilities of eligible partners and choose the best available mate
filter theory
the theory that people in search of potential mates screen out eligible partners according to certain criteria to reduce the pool of eligibles to a small number of candidates
dating or marrying someone with similar social characteristics such as ethnicity, race, religion, age, and social class
geographic closeness
dating or marrying someone from a social, racial, ethnic, religious, or age group different from one's own
dating or marrying someone who is in a higher socioeconomic group than one's own
dating or marrying someone who is in a lower socioeconomic group than one's own
equity theory
a theoretical perspective that proposes that an intimate relationship is satisfying and stable if both people see it as equitable and mutually beneficial
the money, goods, or property a woman in traditional societies brings to a marriage
acquaintance rape
unwanted, forced sexual intercourse, often in a social context such as a party; the rapist may be a neighbor, a friend of the family, a co-worker, or a person the victim has just met
date rape
unwanted, forced sexual intercourse in the context of a dating situation