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Good Sex (week 3)

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Aaron Dawson

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Good Sex (week 3)

When is it "sex"? When is it "sex"? Who decides? (when it becomes sex?) Health class/medical field?
Parents/Caring adults?
Me - I decide?
God/Scripture? So why the heck did God DESIGN us to desire sex if it's so complicated? Sex in the Brain The neurochemical that makes a person feel good when he or she does something exciting or rewarding. Dopamine creates the feeling of the need or desire to repeat risky, pleasurable, or exciting acts (such as starting a new job, excessive drinking, skydiving, getting married, etc.).

Dopamine plays a vital role in a healthy life because it encourages us to take risks we wouldn’t normally take. However, DOPAMINE IS VALUES-NEUTRAL. Therefore, it can also encourage destructive risks and addictive behaviors.

Sex is one of the strongest generators of the dopamine reward.
Dopamine: The neurochemical in MALES responsible for the bonding of the man to his mate and attachment to his offspring. Without Vasopressin, males would only experience the “dopamine rush” of sex.

Vasopressin is often called the “monogamy molecule” since it causes a strong emotional bond to occur from sex.

Vasopressin: The neurochemical in FEMALES responsible for bonding of the woman to her mate and attachment to her offspring. Oxytocin is released into the brain when two peole touch in a warm, meaningful way. The highest levels of oxytocin are released during sexual contact.

The oxytocin bonding that takes place is designed for long-term connectedness. This desire is NOT JUST an emotional feeling. Bonding is real, almost like the adhesive effect of glue: it creates a powerful connection that cannot be undone without great emotional pain.

Oxytocin: “There is a warning here for young people, particularly young women. If a young woman becomes physically close to and hugs a man, it will trigger the bonding process, creating a greater desire to be near him and most significantly, place greater trust in him. Then, if he wants to escalate the physical nature of the relationship, it will become harder and harder for her to say no. The adolescent girl who enters into a close physical relationship may therefore find herself , because of the normal effect of her brain hormone, desiring more physical contact and trusting a male who may be using manipulative pledges of love and care only to get her to have sex.“ (Hooked, 39) “The inability to bond after multiple sex encounters is almost like tape that loses its stickiness after being applied and removed multiple times.”
(Hooked, 43) “It is clear that the brain is still developing during puberty… Both boys and girls who have had sex are three times more likely to be depressed than their friends who are still virgins” (Hooked, 20). Hmmm...
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