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What is Sexology?

Updated: Jul 20, 2021



Sexology can be described as the scientific studies of sexuality, but what is sexuality?


The World Health Organisation 2000 on Sexuality :

“Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, legal, historical and religious and spiritual factors”( WHO, 2000 and 2007)


Sexology Epistemologically Scientifically Grounded:

“Sexology is the scientific study of the individual and collective sexual being and behaviour ( relation and recreation) with a unique w holistic, universal integralistic (bio psycho socio cultural), inter transactional (trans disciplinary) theory and an own methodology and unique field of study aimed at between and beyond the poles praxis theories as

outcomes” (Lemmer, 2005 a, 2011 a, 2011 b)


The World Health Organisation 2000 on Sexology:

“As an interdisciplinary science, sexology is uniquely placed to bring together the knowledge and expertise of specialists, the diverse agendas of various advocacy groups, the health concerns of communities, and the methodologies and interests of diverse disciplines.

For this reason, it is critical that sexology is promoted as a discipline/profession It is not sufficient for specialists from other disciplines to apply their fields of expertise to the study of Sexual Health" (WHO 2000 p 28)

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