Understanding Sex – What Does Sex Mean?
Human sexual intercourse, human sex or sexual behavior is the way in which humans express and experience their sexuality. People engage in various sexual acts, ranging from very casual sex acts done single-handedly to acts involving another individual in varying pattern of intensity, for various reasons. Sex acts may also be the product of eroticism, a state of sexual excitement associated with the visual or sexual stimulation that is not directed towards the genitalia. Eroticists refer to people who indulge in sexual fantasies, while sex is considered an activity of a “slavery” in some cultures. Some people even consider sex to be a form of art, with the performance of certain sexual acts being the culmination of art. Regardless of the above definitions, sex does involve the voluntary act of a human body.
Masturbation or self-pleasure is one of the things people do to one another during sexual pleasure. The other partner’s reaction or pleasure, also referred to as arousal, can vary greatly depending on the sexual act or the gender of the involved person. In general, men and women engage in similar kinds of self-pleasure during masturbation. However, men sometimes achieve erection for the sole purpose of having sexual intercourse, while women, like most people, achieve orgasm for no reason.
Arousal, or the readiness to have sex, may also be triggered by various external factors such as the sight of or proximity to certain things. For example, seeing an object of desire, such as a ball or flower, activates the libido. Seeing someone with obvious facial hair triggers similar responses in both genders. Other external stimuli that activate sexual arousal are warm weather, bright lights, slight touch on the outside of the body or the feeling of someone touching the body.
Generally, the duration of each individual orgasm or ejaculation is one to two seconds. If the intercourse lasts longer than two seconds, then that partner would have used more of their time during the act. The rule of thumb is that the man had one second on average to perform masturbation. However, since the intercourse varies from one person to another, the actual duration will differ slightly from one person to another. For example, it would be much more possible for your partner to achieve orgasm in two seconds than it would be for you to achieve orgasm in six seconds.
Some of the physical processes during sex trigger automatic processes in the body. For example, during orgasm, the body rapidly increases both blood pressure and heart rate. During the discharges, sweat glands also come into play. Sweat during sexual discharge contains high amounts of toxins that could potentially affect the immune system, especially the genital area. Women generally produce more sweat than men. The heart rate and blood pressure increase due to the increased heart rate and the flow of more blood to the genital area.
The mind, emotions, feelings, and behaviors of the individuals involved in sexual intercourse determine how intense and long the experience will be for the partners. Different people have different experiences with sex. Some people have intense, last for hours, while others have quickie orgasms. In addition to the above mentioned factors, sex means a lot more to different people. In order to make sure that sex is really as intense as people make it out to be, it is important to take into consideration not only the physical aspects, but also the mental and emotional aspects that go along with it.