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Outline of human sexuality

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to human sexuality:

Human sexuality – capacity to have erotic experiences and responses.[1] Human sexuality can also refer to the way one person is sexually attracted to another person of the opposite sex (heterosexuality), the same sex (homosexuality), or having both tendencies (bisexuality). The lack of sexual attraction is referred to as (asexuality).[2] Human sexuality impacts cultural, political, legal and philosophical aspects of life. Human Sexuality is widely connected to issues of morality, ethics, theology, spirituality, or religion. It is not however directly tied to gender.

History of human sexuality

Types of Human sexuality

Sexual orientations

Sexual attraction

Other sex-related identities

Types of sexual activity

Physiological events


Sexology (science of sex)

Sex education

Philosophy of sex

  • What is the function of sex?
  • What is romantic love?
  • Is there an essential characteristic that makes an act sexual?
  • Are some sexual acts good and others bad? According to what criteria? Alternatively, can consensual sexual acts be immoral, or are they outside the realm of ethics?
  • What is the relationship between sex and biological reproduction? Can one exist without the other?
  • Are sexual identities rooted in some fundamental ontological difference (such as biology)?
  • Is sexuality a function of gender or biological sex?
  • Sexual objectification


Legal aspects

Sexual assault

Religious aspects

Sexual orientation

Psychological aspects

Economic aspects

Human sexuality organizations



Persons influential in human sexuality



See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ University of California, Santa Barbara's SexInfo
  3. ^ Bullough, V. L. (1989). The society for the scientific study of sex: A brief history. Mt. Vernon, IA: The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  4. ^ Haeberle, E. J. (1983). The birth of sexology: A brief history in documents. World Association for Sexology.

External links

  • This outline displayed as a mindmap, at
  • American Sexuality Magazine
  • Glossario di sessuologia clinica – Glossary of clinical sexology
  • History of Surveys of Sexual Behavior from Encyclopedia of Behavioral Statistics
  • International Encyclopedia of Sexuality full text
  • Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas [full text]
  • National Sexuality Resource Center
  • Durex Global Sex Survey 2005 at
  • POPLINE is a searchable database of the world's reproductive health literature.
  • The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute
  • The Sexuality and Rights Institute
  • The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality
  • MRI Video of Human Copulation
  • "Naked Science: What's Sexy?". Naked Science. Series 2. Episode 1. February 13, 2006. National Geographic Channel.
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