Sources of Sexual Fantasies
Why do Monica Lewinsky
and Bill Clinton enjoy oral sex?
The answer may lie in their sexual imprinting.
Our sexual responses often seem mysterious even to ourselves.
We may feel that our 'sex-drives' possess us rather than we possessing them.
This cyber-sermon will outline a new hypothesis
which may be one step toward a comprehensive theory of human sexuality.
Older theories have tried to explain our sexual responses
either in terms of our biological heritage—animal sexuality—
or in terms of social learning—the way we develop most behaviors.
But the sex-script
hypothesis presents a third possible explanation:
Our internal sexual responses may have been imprinted into us at an early age.
During certain critical periods in our psycho-sexual development,
particular images, stories, and sexual responses—our "sex-scripts"—
were imprinted in our brains more or less at random.
And these sexual fantasies remain with us for the rest of our lives.
A basic analogy
that may help us understand sexual imprinting
is the phenomenon of acquiring a native language.
When we were infants, we quickly and permanently acquired our first language.
It seems that the "language-file" is open for such imprinting
only during the first few months of life.
We do not know just
when the human "sex-file" is opened for imprinting,
but we may be able to identify specific events
which had a remarkably permanent impact on our sexual responses.
Much more research is needed to explore the possible connection between
adult sexual responses and sexually-imprinting events in childhood.
I. INTRODUCING THE SEX-SCRIPT HYPOTHESIS
II. THE EVOLUTIONARY BACKGROUND OF HUMAN SEX-SCRIPTS
III. SEXUAL IMPRINTING AT CRITICAL
IN PSYCHO-SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
IV. THREE LEVELS OF SEX-SCRIPTS
V. VARIETIES OF SEX-SCRIPTS
VI. IDENTIFYING OUR OWN SEX-SCRIPTS
VII. HOMOSEXUAL SEX-SCRIPTS
VIII. THE IMPACT OF SEX-SCRIPTS ON OUR RELATIONSHIPS
IX. TRANSCENDING OUR SEX-SCRIPTS
James Park is an existential
philosopher and sexologist.
This cyber-sermon is based on a book-in-process to be called
The Sex-Script Hypothesis:
Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Human Sexuality.
A synopsis and outline for each of the 11 chapters
will appear if you click the following URL:
Much more information
about James Park
will be found on his home page:
An Existential Philosopher's Museum.
Bibliography on Sex-Scripts:
If you would like to read some
books supportive of the sex-script hypothesis,
go to this URL:
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