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Sexual Rights and the Law

Sexual Rights and the Law

The contemporary, metropolitan approach to the law and sexual rights is that every human has the right to sexual satisfaction to the extent that it does not harm another person. But this merely begs the question of what harm is.  It avoids the issue of morality and the significance to most of us of a moral framework for our view of a “good world”. If the role of law is to provide the rules by which we live and interact with one another – and if those rules are to be enforceable and enforced – we cannot avoid the hard questions of the extent to which the law will provide the rules framework for the morality of our society – or at least the morality of those who make and influence the making of our laws.

There are a number of hard questions. There are categories of individuals – for example, under-age same-sex attracted youth, commercial sex workers, old people and disabled people. There are particular sexual activities – sex in public places by gay men, voyeurism, sodo-masochism, sex with animals, etc. The law imposes heavy punishment upon pedophile acitvities. But like many other forms taken by sexual attraction, pedophilia is generally innate to the individual. A similar discordance between sexual identity and the law is demonstrated by the difficulty in aligning legal acknowledgement of gender identiy with the fact of gender dysphoria irrespective of re-assignment surgery.

The law does not have a good track record when it comes to dealing with matters of sex and gender. The sciences of sexual health and sexology have a critical role to play in infoming development of a moral legal framework and jurisprudence.

Speakers: David Buchanan
Areas of Interest / Categories: Crime Justice & Forensic Issues, Sexual Rights, WAS 2007

WAS 2007

PDE5 Inhibitors: Do they have a Role in Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Until recent years therapeutic approaches to female sexual dysfunction (FSD) have relied mainly on cognitive behavioural sex therapy, couple counselling and psychotherapy. The success of the phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men prompted the notion that there may be a similar role for these drugs in thetreatment of female sexual dysfunction.

Débat: la taille du pénis est-elle importante pour la femme ? (Oui) (French)

In a 2005 UCLA study, 85% of women said they were "very satisfied" with their romantic partner's size, but 45% of men responded they would prefer their penis size increased and 84% of respondents rated their penis size as average to above average. Penis size is of great concern to many people: some consider having a large penis a mark of masculinity; others are concerned that their penis is too small to satisfy their sexual partner(s).

The sexual behavior and consciousness of japanese youth: an orientation of 'pure love'

This report examines the results of The 6th National Survey of Youth Sexual Behavior. This survey has been conducted at intervals of six years since 1974 in Japan. Goals of presentation: Analyzing the data on contemporary Japanese youth’s sexual behavior and consciousness from the perspective of gender.

Development of Sexual Identity, Barriers to Intimacy, and the Promotion of Sexual Health

There are three basic ingredients of an individual's sexual health: the development of their identity, their capacity for intimacy, and an enviornment which promotes sexual health. Barriers to identity and intimacy can come from family intimacy dysfunction and unhealthy cultural environments. Self identity and self esteem are essential ingredients for the capacity of intimacy. The self is formed in the context of interpersonal relationships and the cultural milieu. The failure to develop a postive identity and capacity to intimacy leads to identity and intimacy dysfunction. Lack of self esteem,sexual identity confusion and dysphoria, sexual dysfunctions and disorders, interpersonal violence are often symptoms of identity and intimacy function.

Working with Victims of Sexual Abuse

Victims of sexual abuse have been in therapists´ focus for several decades. Over the years couples have made countless adjustments to get around feelings of shame and pain caused by sexual trauma. Sexually traumatized persons often experience no ownership to their sexuality. Without adequate treatment, many have difficulties in establishing their sexuality on their own premises, even long time after the traumatic experience has taken place.

Kamasutra - Ancient yet Modern!

Who was the writer of Kamasutra? Which place did he come from? And when did he write Kamasutra? The date is not precise. It has been proven through epigraphic, literary, historical, numismatics and archaeological evidences, that Vatsyayana, the author of Kamasutra belonged to a place called “Nagarak” from South Gujarat and wrote Kamasutra between 351 and 375 A.D.

Tuning In and Turning On: a Practical Model of Sexual Arousal for Clinical Use

Sexual arousal is the experience of becoming sexually excited or turned on. Sexual arousal is a three-step process of: 1) tuning out all non-erotic experience 2) focusing on sexually pleasurable stimulation either generated or received by the brain 3) triggering of subjective arousal (feelings of erotic pleasure) and objective (physical) changes