Human sexual behavior, human sexuality or sexual behavior is the way in which people experience and expression of their sexuality through their bodies. People engage in various sexual activities, ranging from spontaneous acts performed alone for no apparent reason to complex acts of mutual masturbation for a variety of different reasons. Some of the most common types of human sexuality are masturbation, sex with others and same sex relations. Some people have a very natural, casual sexual intercourse while others find it much more pleasurable to engage in sexual intercourse that is more advanced or vigorous. When we think of masturbation we automatically think of the actions of people engaged in pre-pubescent ages but the truth is that people engage in masturbation for all sorts of different reasons and even beyond the age range of those who are already pubescent. One can engage in masturbation to spice up a relationship between two people, to help them deal with problems in their life such as depression or anxiety, or to increase libido and enjoyment during sex.
Masturbation is one of the most common forms of sexual behavior and is often used interchangeably with sexual intercourse. The majority of people that masturbate do so because they are either completely bored or turned on by their partner. There are a number of different ways to approach masturbation and there are many different types of masturbation. Some of the most common terms used to refer to different types of masturbation are exhibitionism, role playing, cross dressing, sadomasochism, voyeurism and sex for fun. There are a number of different reasons why someone would be interested in trying out any of these terms. Many people feel a need to masturbate in order to feel good about themselves or to feel better about their relationships.
Some of the terms used to refer to sexual behaviors that fall under the category of “social construct” include being gay, being bi-gendered, having intervened or even being a trans-gendered individual. All of these terms are used to describe people that have various degrees of sexual development. Most often when we talk about these terms we are referring to sexual orientation. Gay is often used to describe a person that is attracted to people of the same sex and is interested in having sex with them. Bi-gendered refers to those that are attracted to both males and females and has nothing to do with gender identity.
Intersexed is often used interchangeably with transgender. This is often used to describe those who have had physical changes in the genitalia that have caused them to feel as if they are a combination of both the male and female genders. Trans-gendered is often used to refer to those who are strongly attracted to members of the opposite sex but have had the opportunity to live as a member of the opposite sex since birth. These individuals feel as if they are a combination of the two genders.
The terms “heterosexual”, “homosexual” and “bisexual” all fall on a continuum of this spectrum. People who fall on the more extreme ends of the spectrum will seek sex outside of their natural gender. Many times this can be done successfully and it does not cause serious psychological damage. However, many times this type of transition will not go as planned. After all, there are many different reasons people may want to try to change the gender or genitalia they were born with.
If a person may identify as transgender even though their biological sex is different than what they assumed their natal sex was, they may also have had some sort of hormonal or surgical changes in the body. This can happen during puberty or even after a person has reached adulthood. Some people have the ability to accept their natal sex as the same as the gender they currently identify with, while others need to make some sort of adjustment as a result of changes in their bodies.
A second common term on the spectrum is “non-identifier,” which just means a person may have a different set of characteristics than they would think to be typical. For example, a person who identifies as a transgender woman, transvestite, or other gender identity may actually have female characteristics. Their bodies may also appear more feminine than typical. Some people who do not fall into the traditional categories of male and female may also have a gender identity that is not clearly defined. A third category that fits into the nontraditional gender identity category is called “transsexuality.”
There are also people who do not understand their sexual orientation because they were assigned a different gender at birth. Some may have had one gender their whole lives, but identified as a different gender when they became aware of it. Others choose to live in accord with their gender identity, but have had their biological sex changed. Under these circumstances, they could be considered to have a protected characteristic under California law. In this case, they would need to seek counseling in order to understand their gender identity.