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Refers to acts associated with sexual intercourse.


The following quote is Ira Reiss' definition of what?

"The erotic arousal and genital responses resulting from following sexual scripts of that society"


Proposes that societal and cultural processes ultimately determine and prescribe what we perceive as "sexual" and how we behave sexually.

sexual scripting framework

Shared, gender-specific social and cultural expectations that guide our beliefs, attitudes, and values about sex, such as our beliefs about appropriate sexual partners, sexual behaviors, and sexual conduct.

sexual scripts

Embedded within our sexual scripts is our ____________, which is the enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction we feel toward others.

sexual orientation

Characterizes the sexual and emotional relationships between people of opposite sexes.


The sexual and emotional relationships with persons of the same sex.


The sexual and/or romantic attraction toward members of both sexes.


Describes individuals who experience no sexual attraction to others.


A level of sexual scripts that recognizes influences such as our families of origin, our communities, mass media, the educational system, and religious beliefs.

cultural scenarios

A level of sexual scripts that recognize how different people interact and relate to each other within specific social situations.

interpersonal scripts

A level of sexual scripts that account for individual desires, fantasies, emotions, and intensions while at the same time considering the interpersonal responses of others.

intrapsychic scripts

Sex encompasses many other behaviors besides sexual intercourse. These behaviors are termed __________, and include masturbation, oral-genital sex, and anal sex.


Self-stimulation of the genitals. Was damned by theologians in the past as a weakness of the flesh and a sin against nature.


Involves the erotic oral stimulation of the woman's external sex organs.


The oral stimulation of the male's external sex organs.


A period of time in which the male is incapable of achieving an erection.

refractory period

This is an action practiced by all couple types: heterosexual, gay, lesbian, cohabiting, and bisexuals, and it is typically engaged in more by white middle-class individuals than by black or Hispanic individuals.

oral-genital sex (oral sex)

A type of cancer that is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15 - 34 where cancer is in one or both of the testes.

testicular cancer

The sexual activity of the male placing his penis into his partner's anus and rectum.

anal intercourse

This can include anal intercourse, as well as oral stimulation of the anus, manually stroking the outside of the anus, and inserting one or more fingers into the anus.

anal eroticism

Diseases that are transmitted between partners through sexual contact, such as vaginal intercourse, oral sex, nonpenetrative genital contact, or anal sex, and they remain one of our nation's greatest health challenges.

sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sometimes referred to as the "clap" or "drip", this STI is the second-most common STI reported in the US.


The most common bacterial STI reported in the US.


A bacterial infection that is spread through direct contact with a syphilis sore, which typically occurs on the external genitals, vagina, or anus.


A viral infection caused when the herpes simplex virus (HSV) enters the body.


In most cases of this STI, there are no symptoms. The virus lives, undetected, in the skin or mucous membranes of the body.

human papillomavirus (HPV)

Refers to inflammation of the liver, causing impairments in liver function.

viral hepatitis

In heterosexual encounters, women are less likely to reach orgasm than men; this delay or absence of orgasm is referred to as what?


A breach of faith that occurs when there is a violation of the couple's mutually agreed-on rules or boundaries of a relationship.


When one partner ventures outside the relationship without the other's knowledge or permission.

involuntary extramarital experience

When any behavior oversteps the expectation of exclusivity and expectations of monogamy.

extra relationship involvement (ERI)

Occurs when a married person has a sexual relationship with anyone other than her or his spouse.

extramarital sex (EMS)

The inability to fully enjoy sex.

sexual dysfunction

Specifically, sexual dysfunctions include disorders that result in inadequate sexual functioning in sexual arousal and response; it also includes sexual pain, referred to as what?


The inability of a man to develop and/or maintain a firm erection long enough to have satisfactory sex.

erectile dysfunction (ED)

Ejaculation that occurs before, on, or shortly after penetration with minimal sexual stimulation.

rapid ejaculation (RE)/premature ejaculation