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Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves biological, erotic, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual feelings and behaviors. Because it is a broad term, which has varied with historical contexts over time, it lacks a precise definition. The biological and physical aspects of sexuality largely concern the human reproductive functions, including the human sexual response cycle.

Someone's sexual orientation is their pattern of sexual interest in the opposite or same sex. Physical and emotional aspects of sexuality include bonds between individuals that are expressed through profound feelings or physical manifestations of love, trust, and care. Social aspects deal with the effects of human society on one's sexuality, while spirituality concerns an individual's spiritual connection with others. Sexuality also affects and is affected by cultural, political, legal, philosophical, moral, ethical, and religious aspects of life.

Interest in sexual activity typically increases when an individual reaches puberty. Although no single theory on the cause of sexual orientation has yet gained widespread support, there is considerably more evidence supporting nonsocial causes of sexual orientation than social ones, especially for males. Hypothesized social causes are supported by only weak evidence, distorted by numerous confounding factors. This is further supported by cross-cultural evidence, because cultures that are very tolerant of homosexuality do not have significantly higher rates of it.

Evolutionary perspectives on human coupling, reproduction and reproduction strategies, and social learning theory provide further views of sexuality. Sociocultural aspects of sexuality include historical developments and religious beliefs. Some cultures have been described as sexually repressive. The study of sexuality also includes human identity within social groups, sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), and birth control methods. (Full article...)

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Alfred Kinsey in 1955
Alfred Kinsey in 1955
Alfred Charles Kinsey (June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He is best known for writing Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), also known as the Kinsey Reports, as well as the Kinsey scale. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s. His work has influenced social and cultural values in the United States, as well as internationally. (Full article...)

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Le Droit du Seigneur (1872), by Jules Arsène Garnier
Le Droit du Seigneur (1872), by Jules Arsène Garnier
Le Droit du Seigneur (1872), by Jules Arsène Garnier, illustrating the medieval concept of "Droit du seigneur", the putative right of a lord to spend a night and have sexual relations with a subordinate woman

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Human sexuality in the news

25 February 2021 - LGBT rights in Malaysia, Judiciary of Malaysia
The Federal Court, in a landmark decision, unanimously declares that Selangor's sharia law provision on "unnatural sex" is invalid and unconstitutional, as such offences fall under the jurisdiction of federal law. (Malay Mail) (CNA)
25 February 2021 - USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal
Former USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert dies from suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound off Interstate 96 in Michigan, shortly after being charged with human trafficking and sexual assault of a minor. (BBC)
25 February 2021 - LGBT rights in the United States
The United States House of Representatives votes to pass the Equality Act. The bill will now head to the Senate for a vote. (NBC News)
10 February 2021 - Crime in the United Kingdom
British sex offender David Wilson is sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for 96 offences against 51 boys aged 4 to 14. (BBC)

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