Outline of human sexuality

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

Human sexuality is the 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, as well as being widely connected to issues of morality, ethics, theology, spirituality, or religion. It is not, however, directly tied to gender.

History of human sexuality

History of human sexuality

Types of human sexuality

Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation

Types of sexual activity

Human 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
  • Sexualization
  • Pornographication


Sex and the law

Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Religious aspects


Religion and sexuality

Sexual orientation

Psychological aspects

Economic aspects

Sex industry

Human sexuality organizations


Encyclopedias about sex


See also


  1. "human sexuality". www.definition-of.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  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.
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