The Sexual Response Cycle in Females and Males


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The Sexual Response Cycle in Females and Males
For a long time it has been commonly believed and assumed that there are more differences than similarities between the sexes. Recent feminist theory has pointed out the fallacies inherent in such thinking, but nonetheless people tend to focus more on gender differences than similarities. However, a review of the sexual response cycle for females and males reveals a surprising number of commonalities. 
The sexual response cycle is a term coined by the sex researchers Masters and Johnson to describe the reactions of the human body to sexual stimuli (such as looking at sexually arousing things, or being touched in a sexual way). The cycle is described as consisting of four stages: excitement,...
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.....ugh the same four stages. For both genders, these stages take them together through the steps necessary for sexual intercourse, possible procreation, and return to a normal state. In both genders, similar sexual dysfunctions may appear at various stages, including inability to have sex, and inability to experience orgasm. Thus, the genders appear to be more alike than different when it comes to the sexual arousal cycle.
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