Dictionary of Sexual Terms Defined Rape to Syphilis

A dictionary of sexual terms defined from rape to syphilis and all things in between.

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Rape--non-consenual sexual intercourse, for instance a man forces entry into a woman (or sometimes another man) without the partner's consent.

Rear Entry--sexual intercourse in which the man enters from behind. This does not necessarily mean anal intercourse.

Rhythm Method--a comparatively ineffective method of birth control, but the only one which is approved by the Roman Catholic Church. The idea is to avoid intercourse during the fertile part of the woman's cycle--just before, during, and just after ovulation.

Rubber--a condom.

Sadism--gaining sexual satisfaction by hurting others. (See: Marquis de Sade, Important Persons in the History of Sex, Chap. 19.) De Sade is described in Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary as a "Fr. soldier and pervert." There is a saying that a masochist is someone who says, "Hurt me, hurt me!" and a sadist is someone who says, "No."

Scrotum--the external pouch of skin which hangs between the male's thighs, behind the penis, and contains the testicles.

Seduce--to charm, coax, or entice someone into having sexual intercourse.

Semen--a thick white fluid consisting of sperm cells suspended in other glandular secretions. It is the semen which discharges from the penis during ejaculation. The semen from one orgasm can contain up to 500 million sperm cells.

Sexism--the belief that one sex is inherently better than the other and therefore deserves special privileges.

Sex Roles--patterns of behavior which children are forced to adopt because they belong to a certain sex. For example, boys are taught to play baseball while girls play house. Or boys are told "big boys don't cry," while girls are encouraged to "act more ladylike."

Sexual Intercourse--physical and sexual contact between 2 people; sometimes assumed to mean the union formed when a man's penis enters a woman's vagina.

Sexy--erotically stimulating.

Sin--a violation of religious law or of God's will as interpreted by church leaders. To some people it means fornication.

Sixty-Nine--simultaneous and mutual oral intercourse.

Sodomy--a confusing term because it has had many different meanings, including anal intercourse, homosexuality, and intercourse with animals.

Speculum--a plastic instrument used to separate the walls of the vagina during examination of the vagina and cervix. (See: Self-Examination for Women, Chap. 20.)

Spermatozoa (sing. Spermatozoon)--sperm cells. Spermatozoa are produced in the testicles and then travel through the spermatic ducts to the urethra and out through the tip of the penis. If a spermatozoon lands in a vagina, it will use its long tail to travel up toward the uterus in search of an egg to fertilize. Spermatozoa are about 1/600 of an inch long and they may remain fertile inside a woman's body for several days.

Spermatic Ducts--2 tubes in the male which carry sperm cells from the testicles to the urethra.

Spermicide--a substance which kills sperm cells. Spermicidal creams and jellies can be inserted into the vagina prior to sexual intercourse as a means of birth control. They are more effective as a secondary method of birth control than when used alone.

Sterility--inability to have children.

Sterilization--See: Vasectomy.

Streetwalker--a prostitute.

Sublimation--redirecting erotic energies into nonsexual activities.

Syphilis--a common venereal disease. The 1st symptom is a chancre or painless sore which appears on the infected area (usually the genitals, but not always) between 9 and 90 days after the bacteria, Treponema pallidum, enters the body as a result of genital, oral, or anal contact. Fetuses can acquire syphilis through the placenta. Syphilis is a dangerous disease which, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease, deafness, blindness, paralysis, and death.

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