3152.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - 3:10 PM

Abstract #9415

Feminists transform the male model of human sexuality

Rebecca Chalker, MA, New York, NY 10001, 212-123-1234, N/A

In spite of profound sociological changes in the 20th century, the heterosexual male-centered model of sexuality and the belief that male sexual response is superior to women's' still prevails. The sexual revolution of the 1960s afforded women freedom from unwanted pregnancy and a measure of sexual agency, but did little to address the inequities inherent in the male model. Since the 1960s feminists and their allies in many disciplines have worked to transform this model to include the needs and preferences of women so that, ideally, it will become more equitable for women and men of all sexual preferences. This work includes redefining the intercourse model, critiquing Masters and Johnson's four-phase sexual response cycle, and developing more realistic models of sexual response, questioning the medicalization of sexuality and focus on male erectile function, redefining women's genital anatomy, documenting female ejaculation, legitimizing masturbation as a primary means of self-pleasuring, acknowledging lesbian, gay, and bisexual perspectives, developing more democratic family structures, and exploring the psychosocial aspects of sexuality, and much more. This presentation enumerates the myriad changes that have been initiated and driven by feminists and explores their impact on what has been termed "the Third Sexual Revolution," in the 20th century.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to: 1. critique the male, heterosexual model of sexuality as applied to women 2. discuss more inclusive and realistic models of sexual response

Keywords: Sexuality, Women's Sexuality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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