Outline of human sexuality

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to human sexuality:

Human sexuality is the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses.[1] Human sexuality can also refer to the way one person is sexually attracted to another person of the opposite sex (heterosexuality), the same sex (homosexuality), or having both tendencies (bisexuality). The lack of sexual attraction is referred to as (asexuality).[2] Human sexuality impacts cultural, political, legal and philosophical aspects of life. Human Sexuality is widely connected to issues of morality, ethics, theology, spirituality, or religion. It is not however directly tied to gender.

History of human sexuality[edit]

Types of human sexuality[edit]

Sexual orientations[edit]

Main article: Sexual orientation
Sexual attraction

Other sex-related identities[edit]

Types of sexual activity[edit]

Main article: Human sexual activity

Physiological events[edit]


Sexology (science of sex)[edit]

Sex education[edit]

Philosophy of sex[edit]

Main articles: Philosophy of sex and Sexual ethics
  • What is the function of sex?
  • What is romantic love?
  • Is there an essential characteristic that makes an act sexual?
  • Are some sexual acts good and others bad? According to what criteria? Alternatively, can consensual sexual acts be immoral, or are they outside the realm of ethics?
  • What is the relationship between sex and biological reproduction? Can one exist without the other?
  • Are sexual identities rooted in some fundamental ontological difference (such as biology)?
  • Is sexuality a function of gender or biological sex?
  • Sexual objectification


Legal aspects[edit]

Main article: Sex and the law

Sexual assault[edit]

Main article: Sexual assault

Religious aspects[edit]

Sexual orientation

Psychological aspects[edit]

Economic aspects[edit]

Main article: Sex industry

Human sexuality organizations[edit]


Encyclopedias about sex[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.definition-of.com/human%20sexuality
  2. ^ University of California, Santa Barbara's SexInfo
  3. ^ Bullough, V. L. (1989). The society for the scientific study of sex: A brief history. Mt. Vernon, IA: The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  4. ^ Haeberle, E. J. (1983). The birth of sexology: A brief history in documents. World Association for Sexology.

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