Clinical Sexology is the study of human sexuality in all of its facets; how individuals think, feel, and what they do sexually. Clinical Sexology recognizes and honors the richness and diversity of human consensual sexual expression and maintains, advocates, and educates a sex-positive attitude. Clinical Sexology is a multidimensional field that incorporates a bevy of disciplines, such as psychology, medicine, sociology and biology. Sexology incorporates the many attributes that comprise or contribute to human sexuality, such as the socio-cultural implications of sexology; sexual anatomy and physiology; health perspectives; sexual dysfunction; legal/ethical issues; and erotology. Sexuality is an integrated part of the human personality and identity and can affect overall mental health and happiness as well as interpersonal and social well-being. Maintaining sexual health includes upholding the sexual rights of all people and not simply the absence of sexual dysfunction.
—adapted from aasect.org 2008
The World Association of Sexology (WAS) developed the sexual bill of rights, as abbreviated below. These include the individual rights of all persons, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence, to:
- The right to sexual freedom.
- The right to sexual autonomy, sexual integrity, and safety of the sexual body.
- The right to sexual privacy. The right to sexual equity.
- The right to sexual pleasure.
- The right to emotional sexual expression.
- The right to sexually associate freely.
- The right to make free and responsible reproductive choices.
- The right to sexual information based upon scientific inquiry.
- The right to comprehensive sexuality education.
- The right to sexual health care.
Sexual Rights are Fundamental and Universal Human Rights!
Adopted in Hong Kong at the 14th World Congress of Sexology, August 26, 1999
retrieved from http://www.worldsexology.org/about_sexualrights.asp
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