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acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)  A fatal, sexually transmitted infection caused by a virus that destroys the body's immune system.
androgens  Male sex hormones secreted by the testes.
androgynous  Characterized by gender roles that encompass psychological and behavioral traits thought typical of both sexes.
anorgasmia (an-or-GAZ-mee-uh)  A female's lack of orgasm.
bisexuals  Persons who are sexually attracted to people of the same sex and the other sex.
date rape  Rape in which the rapist is either a date or a romantic acquaintance.
double standard  The view that premarital sex is permissible for males but not for females.
erectile dysfunction  The inability of a male to achieve or maintain an erection.
erogenous zones  Areas of the body that are particularly sensitive because of the presence of an unusually rich array of nerve receptors.
estrogens  Class of female sex hormones.
extramarital sex  Sexual activity between a married person and someone who is not his or her spouse.
gender roles  The set of expectations, defined by a particular society, that indicate what is appropriate behavior for men and women.
gender schema  A mental framework that organizes and guides a child's understanding of information relevant to gender.
gender  The perception of being male or female.
genitals  The male and female sex organs.
heterosexuality  Sexual attraction and behavior directed toward the other sex.
homosexuals  Persons who are sexually attracted to members of their own sex.
inhibited ejaculation  The inability of a male to ejaculate when he wants to, if at all.
inhibited sexual desire  A sexual dysfunction in which the motivation for sexual activity is restrained or lacking entirely.
masturbation  Sexual self-stimulation.
orgasm  The peak of sexual excitement, during which rhythmic muscular contractions occur in the genitals.
ovulation  The point at which an egg is released from the ovaries.
plateau phase  The period in which the maximum level of arousal is attained, the penis and clitoris swell with blood, and the body prepares for orgasm.
premature ejaculation  The inability of a male to delay orgasm as long as he wishes.
progesterone  A female sex hormone secreted by the ovaries.
rape  The act by which one person forces another person to submit to sexual activity.
refractory period  A temporary period that follows the resolution stage and during which the male cannot develop an erection again.
resolution phase  The interval after orgasm in which the body returns to its unaroused state, reversing the changes brought about by arousal.
sexism  Negative attitudes and behavior toward a person based on that person's gender.
sexually transmitted infection (STI)  A disease transmitted through sexual contact.

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