Discovering Human Sexuality 4e Chapter 1 Outline

Sexuality Is a Broader Concept than Sex

Studying Sexuality Has Practical Benefits

Sexuality Has Changed over Time

Sexuality has been influenced by evolution
Society has changed sexuality
Box 1.1 Meet My Dads
Urbanization has been a curse and a blessing
Marriage has been transformed
Box 1.2 The Media: TV or Not TV?
Sex researchers followed diverse paths
Box 1.3 Freud and Hirschfeld: Contrasting Theories on Sexual Orientation

Sexuality Can Be Studied with a Wide Variety of Methods

Biomedical research focuses on the underlying mechanisms of sex
Psychology includes diverse approaches to sexuality
Cultural anthropology focuses on sexual diversity across cultures
Sociologists focus on the connection between sex and society
The economic approach weighs costs and benefits
Organizations promote sex research