What is Sexuality?

Sexuality encompasses nearly every aspect of our being, from attitudes and values, to feelings and experiences.  It is influenced by the individual, family, culture, religion/spirituality, laws, professions, institutions, science, and politics.

Our sexuality includes: Sensuality, Intimacy, Sexual Identity, Sexual Health & Reproduction, and Sexualization

  • Our level of awareness, acceptance, and enjoyment of our own and others’ bodies
  • Our ability to express and have a need for closeness with another person
  • Our biological sex—the anatomical parts, hormones, and chromosomes we have at birth
  • Our sexual identity which includes:
  • Our attitudes and behaviors toward our health and the consequences of sexual activity.  This includes:
  • Our use of power and influence to manipulate or control others with our sexuality.
    • Gender identity — how we feel about and identify as our gender (masculine, feminine, gender non-conforming…)
    • Sexual orientation — who we are sexually attracted to (straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual…)
    • Our levels of attraction varies from person to person; types of attraction include: emotional, sexual, aesthetic, romantic
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Sexually transmitted infection
    • Contraception
    • Abortion

 

Not everyone has the same definition of sex and what it may involve.  When you are talking with your partner, be clear about your desires and boundaries.