Social Trends and Their Impact on Sexuality

Authored by: Kathryn S.K. Hall

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860254
eBook ISBN: 9781315716596
Adobe ISBN: 9781317507468

10.4324/9781315716596.ch34

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Abstract

“It’s just like riding a bicycle.” This was the basic sex advice given to me by my mother 40-plus years ago, meant to reassure me that once I knew what to do, sex would always come naturally. Perhaps this analogy worked all those decades ago, but today it’s hard to even recognize the metaphoric bicycle. Concepts of normal, healthy, and ideal sexuality have expanded to include sexual activities and orientations that not so long ago were labeled deviant, sick, or perverted. In fact, the binary classification of normal and not has all but disappeared. Increasingly, people are coming for therapy, not to be “cured,” not to become “normal,” but rather to become more comfortable, confident, and capable of expressing their own sexuality.

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