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Sexual arousal

Sexual arousal is the process and state of an animal being ready for sexual intercourse.


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Human sexual arousal

Unlike most other animals, human beings of both sexes are potentially capable of sexual arousal throughout the year, and there is therefore no human "mating season[?]". Things that precipitate human sexual arousal are commonly known as turn-ons.

Causes of human sexual arousal

Signs of human sexual arousal

Common to both sexes:

  • increased blood supply and respiration rate

Male sexual arousal:

Female sexual arousal:

Homophobia and sexual arousal

Psychoanalytic theory has long held that homophobia was the result of repressed homosexual desires. Recent research has shown that homophobic heterosexual men showed signs of sexual arousal from being shown images of homosexual sex, when a control group of non-homophobic heterosexual men did not. See New Study Links Homophobia with Homosexual Arousal (http://www.apa.org/releases/homophob)


Sexual arousal in other animals

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