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What is sexuality and what does it mean to me?

The term ‘sexuality’ first of all makes us think of sex, but the concept goes far beyond the bedroom and reproductive function. Sexuality is an important and integral part of each person's life, linked to the desire for love and intimacy, for close relationships, and for sexual pleasure.

We are all sexual beings—both men and women. Human sexuality begins to take shape in early childhood and continues after the decline of reproductive function. It has a significant impact on our physical health, our mental health, and on our general sense of well-being.

Sexuality is influenced by a variety of factors—historical, religious, social, cultural—and influences them in turn. Throughout history, our view of sexual desire and sexual identity has changed.


And today the way we perceive sexuality and its various expressions—heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or asexuality—is different in different countries and cultures. Attitudes towards sexuality can be liberal and open but can also be negative and hostile.


Public attitudes towards sexuality significantly influence a person’s ability to define their sexual orientation and identity.

By understanding and accepting our sexuality, we can build relationships with others more successfully and express ourselves more genuinely, but it is not always easy.

How long has the concept of sexuality existed? Does everyone have the same sexuality? What can you do if you have been subjected to sexual discrimination or harassment? To learn more about this topic, click here.

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