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Sexuality in Adulthood - Conclusion

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Human sexuality is an intricate and integral component of adulthood. For most people it is essential for physical and mental well-being. The nature of sexuality has evolved to include the concept of mutual pleasure. Sexual practices are not limited to intercourse regardless of one's sexual orientation. Self-pleasure is also a component of human sexuality. Many people no longer consider masturbation deviant behavior. In fact it is suggested as a means to discover what one finds pleasurable. Oral sex and mutual stimulation are now more common sexual practices both within heterosexual and same-sex relationships. This coincides with the advent of viewing sex as something more than intercourse and something more than a means of reproduction.

Sex and sexuality may mean different things and be practiced in different ways according to a number of influences that people encounter. What is right for one person or group may not be right for another. The majority of people need to be in close contact with other people. They need to touch and be touched. This need does not end simply because they get older.


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PHYLLIS A. GREENBERG

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