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Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves biological, psychological, physical, erotic, 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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Gustav Klimt's Woman seated with thighs apart (1916)
Gustav Klimt's Woman seated with thighs apart (1916)
Masturbation is the self-sexual stimulation of the genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, everyday objects, sex toys or combinations of these. Mutual masturbation, mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners, can be a substitute for sexual penetration.

Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. (Full article...)

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Prostitutes, Yoshiwara district of Tokyo
Prostitutes, Yoshiwara district of Tokyo
Prostitutes, Yoshiwara district of Tokyo

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August - December 2009

Human sexuality in the news

30 June 2022 – LGBT rights in Poland
The Supreme Administrative Court of Poland upholds lower court rulings that annulled anti-LGBT resolutions, known as "LGBT-free zones", that had been adopted by some local authorities. (Notes from Poland)
29 June 2022 –
American singer R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking. (BBC News)
26 June 2022 – LGBT rights in Turkey
Riot police disperse hundreds of people in Istanbul after the government banned the Pride Parade, alleging that the parade could cause "public unrest due to society's sensitivities". (Reuters)
20 June 2022 – Recognition of same-sex unions in Japan
The Osaka District Court rules that Japan's ban on same-sex marriage is not "unconstitutional" in a ruling on a lawsuit filed by two male couples and one female couple. (The Canberra Times)

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