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Primate SexualityComparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans$
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Alan F. Dixson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.001.0001

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Sexual behaviour and sexual response

Sexual behaviour and sexual response

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(p.128) Chapter 5 Sexual behaviour and sexual response
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Primate Sexuality
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Alan F. Dixson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.003.0005

This chapter discusses the difference between male sexuality and female sexuality among primates. It explores patterns of pre-copulatory and copulatory behaviour that brings both sexes into proximity regarding their postures, movements, and sexual responses. It gives an overview of the evolution of copulatory postures and the evolution of intromission and ejaculatory patterns. Autoerotic behaviour is also explained, as well as abnormal forms of sexual activity. It also addresses some conceptual issues in human sexuality, particularly gender identity and gender role.

Keywords:   male sexuality, female sexuality, primates, sexual behaviour, copulatory behaviour, pre-copulatory behaviour, autoerotic behaviour

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